Two Minnesotans who landed on this season of NBC’s singing competition The Voice, Ashley DuBose and Holly Henry, performed in quick succession last night and were ultimately both eliminated as the show moves forward into its final rounds.
As part of the “Knockout Rounds” episode last night, Henry performed a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” but was defeated by her opponent Nic Hawk, who covered Voice judge Christina Aguilara’s own songs, “Genie in a Bottle.” DuBose was up next and delivered a spirited rendition of Train’s “Soul Sister,” but was upstaged by powerhouse performer Tessanne Chin.
“Thank you ALL for the love and support you’ve shown me on my The Voice journey! This is not the end!” DuBose tweeted shortly after her portion of the show aired. The 23-year-old St. Paul native was already known locally as a capable soul singer, songwriter, and collaborator, appearing in recent months on new tracks by hip-hop artist Mike Dreams, and her breakout performances on The Voice are sure to increase her visibility.
Henry, meanwhile, was a complete curve ball for local music fans; at 19-years-old, she’d only just released a small batch of original songs onto her Bandcamp, and has yet to play any gigs in the Twin Cities. She tweeted similarly optimistic sentiments after her portion of the show aired, saying, “Guys…don’t be sad. Don’t be mad. This isn’t even remotely the end,” and adding, “I wish they would have shown more of what @xtina said to me afterwards…she gave me the pep-talk of my life.”
Both DuBose and Henry made it into the top 24 contestants on this season of The Voice, carrying on what has become a tradition of Minnesotans competing on the hit reality show. Past contestants include Mark Andrew (season 4), Nicholas David (season 3), Jordis Unga (season 2), and Tim Mahoney (season 1).
Watch DuBose and Henry’s final performances here:
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