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Posted on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 10:38 a.m.

Ex-Ann Arborite Michelle Chamuel wins over 'The Voice' judges on Monday

By Jenn McKee


Ella Riot's frontwoman Michelle Chamuel, center, was featured on "The Voice" on Monday.

Michelle Chamuel, former Ann Arbor resident and front woman of local favorite band Ella Riot/My Dear Disco, sang Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" on NBC's "The Voice" on Monday night—and the judges liked it.

They liked it so much, in fact, that judges Adam Levine and Shakira pushed a button to indicate they wanted Chamuel for their team before the song's first chorus, and Usher followed.

"You were absolutely spectacular," said Shakira. "I loved your voice, I loved your stage presence. … You were fierce. … I see that rock chick inside of you."

Chamuel turned the tables and asked the three judges who wanted her what they would like to develop if they worked with her. When Usher asked her what genre of music she'd like to work in, Chamuel answered, "Alternative electronic pop," and in the end, despite a passionate campaign by Shakira, Chamuel chose Usher.

Chamuel reportedly now lives in the Boston area. Under its previous name, My Dear Disco, Ella Riot was for several years one of the leading local bands on the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti scene. The band went on hiatus in 2011.

Did she make the right choice? We'll have to keep watching to see.

Jenn McKee is the entertainment digital journalist for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.



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Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 11:17 p.m.

I just listened to Michelle Chamuel's Ella Riot and I love it, so Usher had better be a good coach to her because she is talented enough to make it through to the end. I finished this episode of auditions while I had lunch in my office at DISH since I've been working on an extensive project. Thankfully, DISH Anywhere lets me watch live TV and my DVR recordings on my mobile devices while I'm away from home. Despite work being so demanding, I'm grateful that I can keep up with The Voice as well as my other favorite shows this season.

Roger LeLievre

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 6:33 p.m.

So happy to hear this. There are 3 smart judges on that show and 1 who I bet regrets not pushing his button.

Molly Jean

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 5:46 p.m.

I love Ella Riot! Way to go Michelle!

Ann Dwyer

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 5:34 p.m.

Wow. She's good and has a really great stage presence. I might actually have to start watching this show.

Lizzy Alfs

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 6:39 p.m.

She has an amazing stage presence. I saw them a few years ago - I can't even remember where - but she is seriously captivating on stage. Way to go, Michelle!