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Posted on Wed, May 1, 2013 : 9:50 a.m.

Ex-Ann Arborite Michelle Chamuel 'knocks out' competition on 'The Voice'

By Bob Needham

Michelle Chamuel, the musician well known to Ann Arbor music fans as the former lead singer of My Dear Disco / Ella Riot, continued her strong run on "The Voice" Tuesday.

Chamuel won her "knock-out" head-to-head matchup against another contestant, and now she moves on to the live rounds of NBC's TV singing competition as part of Usher's team.

NBC's episode recap describes the battle:

"Michelle Chamuel and Audrey Karrasch are set to face off next. Coach Usher works with each of them differently, daring Audrey to make a personal connection and pushing Michelle to not run out of breath by exercising right before they rehearse. Audrey takes the stage first and delivers a solid, if slightly subdued take on "How to Love." Michelle is all rock and roll, working the stage as she sings "Raise Your Glass." It's just over the top enough to send her on to the live rounds."

Chamuel now lives in the Boston area. Watch her "knock-out" performance here:

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Ann Dwyer

Fri, May 3, 2013 : 2:17 a.m.

She is incredible. Ann Arbor produces some heavy hitting musicians.

Jenn McKee

Thu, May 2, 2013 : 6:31 p.m.

Chamuel just shared this behind-the-scenes short video via Twitter, so you can watch her chatting with Usher while jumping rope and doing push-ups with him:

Nick Danger

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 10:07 p.m.

Wouldn't it be nice if Ann gave her as much recognition as they give U of M athletes

Jenn McKee

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 4:02 p.m.

Chamuel just seems to be killing it consistently on this show. Pretty exciting to see her breeze through each step!

music to my ear

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 3:41 p.m.

that girl has got some ENERGY she torn that stage up, good luck michelle and of course YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!

Ann Dwyer

Fri, May 3, 2013 : 2:18 a.m.

I love that she does it without looking like a typical "popstar." She looks great in her own, unique way.