HOLLISTER – On Wednesday’s NBC episode “America’s Got Talent”, Hollister native Brooke Simpson was fourth among the top five finalists.
Since the start of Season 16 on June 1, contestants have faced each other on stage with performances ranging from comedies, songs, dances, acrobatics and magicians. The final performances took place on Tuesday, where viewers could vote for their favorite contender before revealing the winner in the episode of AGT the following night.
Magician Dustin Tavella has been proclaimed the winner, with outfielder Aiden Bryant second, comedian Josh Blue third, Simpson fourth and quick-change artist Lea Kyle fifth.
Even though the season ended, it was not without Haliwa-Saponi member Simpson making a statement with his performance of Bishop Briggs’ “White Flag” on Tuesday night.
Coming on stage, Simpson had a different personality about him. The theme had flames blossoming in the background with sparks leaping through the air, expressing the fire and energy that Simpson brought into her performance by having the audience clap in unison with her, just before to end with the powerful drop of the microphone stand and the drop of the microphone feather that it’s here to stay.
When asked if preparing for his final performance was tough, Simpson said it was the toughest week with the quick turnaround.
“Of course there are extra pressures with the final, but although it was the most difficult week, it was my favorite week because it showed me how strong I am even under this kind of pressure, ”she said.
Simpson said she chose “White Flag” because it’s a song about strength, fighting for yourself and not giving up.
“That was all I was doing in this final,” she said. “Most importantly, it made me think of the beautiful strength and relentless resilience that Indigenous peoples have exemplified throughout our history and to this day. “
When asked what contribution she made with the theme of her performance and what it reflected, Simpson said the directing was another representation of the meaning of the song as well as the power it brought. in terms of sound.
“The creative process has always been a great collaboration between the ‘America’s Got Talent’ team and me,” she said. “Besides, it was the final, and you have to go big for the final!”
There was another side of “Brooke Simpson” that came out on stage that night, especially with the drop of the microphone stand and the microphone.
When asked how she was feeling at the time, Simpson said: “I just knew this was my last time competing on this stage so whatever the outcome I wanted to give the performance of my life – to give America a clear picture of who I am as an artist.
Brook’s parents Mike and Jimille Mills both said they were blown away by their daughter’s performances.
Mike said he was not familiar with the song “White Flag” or the artist, but was amazed when she performed the song again alongside Briggs the following night.
“Just to see how they connected, it wasn’t like a talent mismatch,” he said. “They played at the same level. We were amazed at this.
Jimille said Brooke has reached a whole new level with her recent performance and owns the stage.
“I think she stepped up her efforts and was determined that this was her last chance to win, and she was going to do her best,” she said. “I’ve never seen her so focused and demanding of your attention on stage – she was just fierce.”
Mike said he and Jimille had been in music for 30 years and that his opinion as a professional musician – not as Simpson’s father – was that they were happy that she had moved up to fourth on the top. five, but that she would have estimated that she would have won or come in second. place.
“I really thought it would because she brought it 100% every time, and that doesn’t take anything away from the other competitors, but Brooke brought it every time,” he said. declared.
Jimille said they thought she was the winner and still thought she was the winner, but they graciously accepted the results.
“We would like to note that she was the last woman standing, she was the last singer standing and she was the only person of color standing – Native American,” she said.
Jimille said they were trying to organize a home welcome concert for Simpson, but there are no details or a location yet.
Simpson’s performance could be felt across multiple social media platforms, with viewers in awe of what she brought that night. However, on her Facebook page, Simpson said this was just the beginning and that she hopes she has made her tribe proud.
Burning a path for her tribe in Hollister and the world, said Simpson, making her tribe proud means everything to her.
“Me chasing my dreams is so much bigger than me,” she said. “This is the opportunity to show the next generation of Indigenous leaders that anything is possible. It shows the world that we are not only still here, but that we are resilient, powerful and heard. If I win, we all win.
Simpson wanted to thank everyone who voted for her, and she’s excited to share new music and more.
When asked if she felt her journey through AGT had changed her, Simpson said, “I’ve grown so much for sure, but who I am is rooted in who I am and won’t change. never.”