Juliet Simms has had her ups and downs on NBC's hit series "The Voice" and is one step closer to taking home the prize after performing- among other songs- Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird." Her duet with CeeLo Green featured the classic "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf, but it was "Free Bird" that could give her the win.
The Florida resident has been a sensation throughout the season, taking on such classic hits as "Cryin'" by Aerosmith and "It's a Man's Man's Man's Man's World" by James Brown. Simms told the Tampa Bay Times that she had an unusual experience while performing Brown's hit last week.
"Funnily enough, on Monday night, my (in-ear monitors) went out. I couldn't hear myself the entire performance. Because I have much experience singing on crappy stages where you can't hear yourself, I could do it. I grew up on stages like that, so that experience came in handy Monday night," Simms explained.
Her performance was good enough to advance her to the final four, pitting her against Jermaine Paul, Chris Mann, and Tony Lucca. Last night's show featured a tribute to each of the four mentors: Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green (Simms' mentor), Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine.
For that tribute number, Simms performed "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley. Unfortunately, critics were not thrilled with her performance.
"This tribute situation is just awkward," commented Huffington Post critic Jaimie Etkin.
After she finished the song, Simms took the time to thank Green for all of his help and advice.
"I couldn't have picked a better coach," she said. "I absolutely love you." Green reciprocated before their duet of "Born to Be Wild."
If Simms wins the contest, she will take home the top prize of $100,000 and a record contract.
"This show has reinstated my faith in me," Simms told the Tampa Bay Times. "I've learned how to hold my own as a individual [and] go with my gut."
"The Voice," she says, "is for the outcasts … a chance for people who have been working their entire lives to make it. The biggest [challenge] is harnessing those [nerves] because, you know, it's the most important show of your life."