When Juliet Simms (Team Cee Lo!) belted out The Police’s "Roxanne" on The Voice live elimination round Monday night, I had a religious moment. God damn! I exclaimed, watching the Clearwater native perform. "Roxanne" is a song I have been sick of since college, thanks to a drinking game played weekly at FSU. But her raspy rock-n-roll yet perfectly pitched voice transformed it from a song by The Police to a song by Juliet Simms.
And if you’re a regular reality-singing competition viewer like me, you know that making a popular song your own is the way to win the game. You also know contestants have to bring their all to every performance of the competition. And hallelujah, she brung it.
When Tuesday night’s elimination aired for Cee Lo’s and Adam Levine’s teams, I was certain Simms would be safe. And safe she is, for now.
This season, Cee Lo’s team seems to be the team to beat. Unfortunately, Simms is up against another show-stopper, Jamar Rogers. Rogers, a former drug addict, has the inspirational story that audiences root for. They both have the look and that thing that makes you stop flipping the channel.
So, it’ll be up to them to win or lose — and since they are on the same team, only one can make it to the top four. But if Simms keeps going like she does, watch out.
Soon, Tampa Bay may finally have a nationally known singer bigger and better than Brooke Hogan to call our own. Even if she doesn’t win The Voice, she’s on her way to something big.