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Posted on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 : 8:36 p.m.

The Voice reveals top 3 finalists - including Ann Arbor favorite Michelle Chamuel

By Bob Needham


Michelle Chamuel with Carson Daly

Tyler Golden | NBC

Michelle Chamuel is in the finals.

The former Ann Arbor resident turned in another strong performance on Monday's episode of "The Voice," NBC's singing competition show. And fan voting after that show has now sent her into next week's finale as one of three finalists.

Tuesday's results show started with Chamuel joining Fall Out Boy for a live performance.

In a chat with the show's celebrity coaches, host Carson Daly asked Chamuel's coach, Usher, about her future. "I think it's very promising," Usher responded. "I feel like she is medicine for our country, for our world."

A short time later, Daly announced that Chamuel was the first of the five semifinalists to become one of the three finalists. Fan voting, by phone and online, determines who moves on in each round of the competition.

In a brief interview after the announcement, Chamuel praised the other singers and thanked the voters. "I'm still in shock. This is crazy," she said.

Chamuel now lives in the Boston area, but she is a University of Michigan graduate who became well known to local music fans as the lead singer for the Ann Arbor band Ella Riot / My Dear Disco.

Later in the show, Danielle Bradberry from Blake Shelton's team became the second finalist, followed by the Swon Brothers, also from Shelton's team. That left Sasha Allen and Amber Carrington as the latest eliminations.

"The Voice" airs at 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.



Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 7:24 p.m.

Good for her! I always loved my Dear Disco/Ella Riot performances largely because of Michelle's voice and energy.


Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 4:10 p.m.

She's a good singer if the song is right. Check out my fav Ella Riot video and take a listen.


Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 3:04 p.m.

As long as the Goober Brothers do not win I'm okay with it.


Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 2:41 p.m.

She is the only one I've seen stay on pitch. Even when nervous, she just works the emotion into her performance. The other contestants lack the soul she has. I hope she wins.


Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 2:32 p.m.

"I feel like she is medicine for our country, for our world." LOL

Usual Suspect

Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 12:41 p.m.

After seeing the 2,365th article about her on, I figured I'd finally give a listen. I wasn't impressed. Her voice is too nasal for my tastes. Sure, I'm not any better, but I know what I like.

Elaine F. Owsley

Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 12:08 p.m.

I'd have chosen either of the other two girls. Can't really see the appeal of Michelle.

detroit buckets

Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 11:55 a.m.

Boooooo I completely fail to see the attraction of her. She's such an awkward person. Her style and movements let alone her voice are all seriously lacking. I feel like she getting the sympathy vote and not moving on for being better than the other competitors ... because she's not better than any of them. She has great passion and I can respect that, but from a talent standpoint, she should have got the boot mid-season. And just because she has some ties to the A2 area does not mean I'll blindly throw support her way.

Page Flip

Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 6:15 p.m.

Sympathy votes do not get you to the final three. People do not pay $1.29 to see a song of her's claim the 4th spot on iTunes chart so that she can go on out of pity for her. She reminds me of my sister. She isn't awkward. She's quirky, odd, unique, different, and people don't know how to handle it sometimes so they she's awkward because she doesn't fit in the small box they have created for human kind. But she isn't awkward. A little afraid of putting herself out there because people can be rude and spiteful and misunderstanding, yes. Not your typical powerhouse, yes. But there is a lot of appeal. She is very versatile in what she sings. She's not a one-hit wonder who limits herself to a single song or a single type of song and calls it a day. "I shall be (insert genre here) and nothing else." That's not her. She has shown a vast array of musical ability, has a great range (albeit not the largest in the competition), consistently displays masterful intonation, and can put on a show. She's got a sense for drama without overdoing it, and she knows how to pay her respects to a song while still adding her own twist. No, she's not a great dancer with unique moves and a personality that bubbles over. No, she's not the heartthrob. But she is passionate and she feels everything she sings. She is the nerdy oddball representative, and she is doing a great job at representing us out there. I'm happy she's gotten so far and I hope she wins, and if she doesn't, I'm confident Usher will help her get the positive attention in the music industry that she deserves.


Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 2:38 p.m.

I don't think she has the best voice ever, but she's different. Part of the show seems to be finding people who fit the Beyonce/whatever mold, and part of it seems to be finding people who express break that same mold. Chamuel might stand out because she IS awkward, and yet there she is--week in, week out--looking happy and making her viewers happy.

An Arborigine

Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 2:02 a.m.

Um, this is news?


Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 11:28 a.m.

Do you post this same thing on all the sports articles?

Ann Dwyer

Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 1:34 a.m.



Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 1:12 a.m.

WOO Shamwow!


Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 12:59 a.m.