Last night, Team Blake contestant Jermaine Paul shocked us as he took home the title of Season 2 winner of The Voice.
The most surprising aspect of his win was Juliet Simms’ loss. For the longest time we had predicted Team Cee Lo’s contestant Juliet Simms to take home the top prize thinking that no other contestant would even come close.
We know her performance of “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” was supposed to be groundbreaking, but there’s something about the first time we heard her sing “Roxanne” that has always stood out.
She seemed to be having an out-of-body experience that entranced us and drew us in like no other performance on this show has done. She didn’t need to accompany her sound with a touching back story — it stood on its own.
2. Judges' support
Juliet got uptight Christina Aguilera to stand up for her, and Blake Shelton to admit he bought her music. Adam Levine said her performance of “Roxanne” was the best on the show to date, and Cee Lo Green just sat back grinning like a creepy proud papa sure of his top spot.
Apart from one piece of surprisingly constructive criticism from Xtina after Aerosmith’s “Cryin,’” it seemed Juliet could do no wrong. On every talk show appearance and interview, the other coaches mentioned her as their contestants’ biggest competition. What happened?!
3. Prime real estate
Clearly, the network favored her because after her performance of “Roxanne,” Juliet got to give the final performance of the night three weeks in a row.
The fact that she got to leave the final impression showed that she was a clear favorite and a contestant NBC viewed as this season’s winner.
4. Confidence is key
In the final live performance episode Monday night, Cee Lo asked Juliet if she was concerned about any of the other contestants. She responded with a not-so-humble absolutely not. He warned her to be confident, not complacent.
She then seemed to backtrack last night in the Sprint Lounge, saying she just felt honored to be in the Final 4. After coming in second, Juliet tweeted, “2nd place!!!! Wooooooooo hooooo!!! I'm so f***ing happy right now! I can say "f***" I got second place! Here's to being inappropriate again!”
Juliet, you’re not fooling anyone. We know you’re disappointed and surprised, just like us.
5. Not there for the friends
Though many of the contestants seemed to enjoy the whimsical antics of a group of musicians living together, Juliet never appeared to participate. She wasn’t the subject of any TwitPics, and when the contestants were goofing off in the Sprint Lounge, she was nowhere to be found.
It was clear that she — just like many America’s Next Top Model contestants — was not there to make friends. We’re sure she respected and was friendly to some of the other contestants, but her main goal wasn’t to make life-long pals with her roommates.
Sure, she pulled some of this season’s strongest contestants to sing “With a Little Help From My Friends” in last night’s finale, but the performance felt more like an homage to her blind audition Beatles song “Oh! Darling” than a tribute to the close friends she’s made.
We’re not faulting her for this. Clearly, she was in it to win it, and we thought she would.
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