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Posted on Tue, May 21, 2013 : 10:41 p.m.

'The Voice' 2013 reveals top 8, and Michelle Chamuel is all Team Usher has left

By Jenn McKee


Michelle Chamuel performs on "The Voice" on Monday.


In what should probably come as a surprise to no one - considering how uniformly knocked out the judges were by her performance of Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason" on Monday night - former Ann Arborite Michelle Chamuel advanced to become one of the final 8 contestants left standing on NBC's singing competition "The Voice" on Tuesday, May 21.

During Tuesday night's live elimination show, wherein the two contestants with the fewest viewer votes are out, Chamuel's last remaining Team Usher teammate, Josiah Hawley, got the hook, as did Team Shakira's Kris Thomas.

This leaves both Shakira and Usher with one-person teams, while judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton retained all three of their mentee artists/duos on Tuesday.

In a lighter moment during Tuesday's elimination episode, called "Confessionals," the contestants pondered what career other than singing that they might pursue. Chamuel said, "If I weren't a singer, I might be a puppeteer."

Shortly after that, she appeared in the frame with two hand puppets (one with Chamuel's signature black glasses) and explained, "This is me, this is Ush." Referencing a rehearsal trick Usher used when Chamuel was preparing to perform Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" on a previous episode, Chamuel made the Usher puppet say to the Michelle puppet, "'Now, I'm going to get a mirror, so you can do an exercise,'" to which the Michelle puppet flatly replied, 'Oh, God, no.'"

And though Usher was the star of Team Usher's performance of "The Look of Love" on Tuesday's episode, Chamuel and Hawley did back him up. Check it out here.

Chamuel will be back to perform again on "The Voice" on Monday, May 27.

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



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