Clearwater’s Simms Takes Second On The Voice
Clearwater native Juliet Simms came within an untimely cold of winning first place in NBC’s hit singing competition, The Voice, Tuesday night.
Simms found herself dealing with a cold over weekend and things didn’t improve on Monday when she had to perform songs she hadn’t had a chance to rehearse.
In the end, voters chose Jermaine Paul, who once worked as a backup singer for Alicia Keys, giving him a slim four-percent margin over Simms. Paul, whose celebrity mentor was Blake Shelton, won $100,000 and a record million-dollar-plus recording contract. Placing third was Tony Lucca, who performed as a child on the Mickey Mouse Club with pop star and celebrity coach Christina Aguilera.
Paul told USA Today that he received a congratulatory call moments after his win was announced on the show: “She called me last night after they announced that I was the winner, when credits were rolling down. She was just screaming. (Going solo) is a step she’s been kinda pushing me to take.”
Still, don’t feel too bad for Simms, who made a her voice well-known to fans and the music industry. MTV.com wrote this about her runner-up finish: “While we’re excited for Paul, a longtime music-industry veteran and father of four who brought nothing but dedication and professionalism to each of his performances, and had a feeling he would ultimately prevail in the competition, it’s Simms’ future as a recording artist that we’re more interested in. By the end of the competition, her unique, raspy voice and ethereal Florence Welch-like style had us waiting out many of the other performances just to get another listen to Simms.”