Michelle Brooks-Thompson eliminated from ‘The Voice’
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SUNDERLAND — “All is not lost!” singer Michelle Brooks-Thompson of Sunderland posted on her Facebook page after the airing Monday of her final appearance on NBC’s “The Voice.”
The 28-year-old mother of twins, who was previously featured in two episodes of the show, was sent home in a Knockout Round after losing to competitor Amanda Brown.
“I’m excited because God used ‘The Voice’ for what is to come next!” wrote Brooks-Thompson.
Despite drawing enthusiastic praise from three of the four judges, she failed to win over her own coach, Adam Levine, who chose Brown for one of the final five spots on his team after a head-to-head competition between the two. Those who make the finals compete on live shows where viewers vote. The winner receives a recording contract.
“Michelle sang the lights out, but Amanda shows me more promise as an artist,” Levine said following the women’s performances.
In the Knockout Round, contestants are paired up with a fellow member of their coach’s team of singers and allowed to perform a song of his or her choice. The two contestants sing consecutively and are immediately judged by their coach. Brooks-Thompson sang “Spotlight” by Jennifer Hudson, while Brown chose “Paris (Oh La La)” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Before the performances, Levine said both contestants “have incredible vocal ability,” and he would choose the winner based on who surprised him and showed most potential as an artist.
Brown sang first. When it was her turn, Brooks-Thompson, wearing black pants and an animal print top, commanded the stage, showing off her wide vocal range. Coach Christina Aguilera’s amazed facial expression following one particularly high note, led coach Blake Shelton to comment later, “That’s a big deal if you can get Christina Aguilera to do this,” imitating her reaction.
“Michelle just kicked the door in on this thing,” Shelton said, telling Levine he thought Brooks-Thompson was the winner of the Knockout. Coach Cee Lo Green agreed. Referring to Brooks-Thompson taking on Jennifer Hudson’s “Spotlight,” he said, “you were able to embellish upon the bar that she set ... I just feel like Michelle won today.”
In the end, though, after a few moments of uncertainty, Levine chose Brown. Brooks-Thompson clapped and smiled graciously.
Soon after her performance, fans and supporters weighed in on Brooks-Thompson’s Facebook: “You killed it girl ... I would buy your album in a heartbeat!” and “Bad choice on Adam’s part ... you rocked it girl!!!”
Brooks-Thompson wowed her way onto “The Voice” weeks ago with a powerful rendition of John Fogerty’s “Proud Mary” during the Blind Auditions. Then, in the Battle Round, she beat out her competitor, Adanna Duru, as they sang a duet of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.”
Though her run on “The Voice” is over, Brooks-Thompson said this will not be the last the public hears of her. “I’m not disappointed — I trust God!” Since being home from the show’s taping, Brooks-Thompson said, she has been working on an album soon to be released. Fans can keep up with her on her Facebook page and through Twitter @MBThompsonSings.
Quoting the Mariah Carey song, “Make It Happen,” Brooks-Thompson said she abides by the lyrics, “If you believe in yourself enough and know what you want, you’re gonna make it happen.”