Clearwater's Juliet Simms advances on 'The Voice'
Hey, remember all the way back in early February, when the world was abuzz with the exploits of Mario Manningham and M.I.A.'s middle finger, and Clearwater's Juliet Simms, the singer of Automatic Loveletter, sang her way to a spot on The Voice? We know, that was a long time ago, and not one but two local American Idol finalists have popped up in the interim.
Well, we've reached The Voice's battle rounds, and Simms finally returned to the stage Monday night, competing against against fellow Cee-Lo Green teammate Sarah Golden on Rod Stewart's Stay With Me. Guest mentor Ne-Yo praised Simms' razor-sharp cowgirl yelp ("That's not common, especially nowadays; not everybody can do that"), but advised her to pick her spots.
Of course, Simms couldn't hold back, and neither could Golden, turning this into a gold ol' fashion Janis-off. And in a situation like that, it's smart to bet on Simms. Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera (who praised Simms' "boisterous, gritty voice") voted wholeheartedly for Simms -- Blake Shelton said he believed Golden was more versatile -- but in the end, only Green's vote mattered. It really didn't seem like that tough of a decision, reinforcing what the judges semed to realize right after the Super Bowl: That Simms could be a serious forced to be reckoned with in this game.
"Oh my god, America! Here I come!" Simms said. "I've always wanted to say that!"
And now she has.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*