Gov. Nikki Haley and the South Carolina General Assembly gathered at the Statehouse in Columbia Tuesday to congratulate Simpsonville native Delvin Choice for his achievements on the popular singing show "The Voice."
The Senate presented Choice with a resolution that recognized his "fine representation of our State to a national audience," and stated that "by portraying a positive and energetic image on national television, he has been a strong influence on the students and youth of the Palmetto State."
Choice is a 2008 graduate of Greenville County Schools and Greenville's Fine Arts Center, which he has said helped foster his musical ambitions. Choice advanced to the top 8 on "The Voice" under judge Adam Levine's tutelage. During the show's season, Choice outsang eventual winner Josh Kaufman in a battle round. Kaufman was saved from elimination by judge Usher and went on to win the competition.
At the presentation, Choice spoke with Haley about the show, and even snapped a selfie with the governor. This is not the first time Haley has recognized a South Carolina singer's achievements on a television show. In her State of the State address in January, Haley recognized St. Helena Island native Candice Glover for her "American Idol" win.
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Although Choice didn't win "The Voice," the resolution said "he is the latest in a long line of South Carolina musical artists who have shone brightly on our State."
Throughout the season, Choice received praise and support from friends and family. His aunt, Geraldine Smalls, and his grandmother, Ruth Reynolds, live on St. Helena Island.