Michelle Chamuel of Amherst advances on ‘The Voice,’ celebration planned Thursday at Woodstar Cafe
Michelle Chamuel of Amherst has made it through to the top five of NBC’s “The Voice” — and will return to the Valley to celebrate this week.
The staff of the Woodstar Café at 60 Masonic St., Northampton, where Chamuel has worked since September 2012, plans a celebration Thursday and a crew from “The Voice” is scheduled to be there filming it to air on next Monday’s semifinals show.
The shooting is expected to begin around 10:45 a.m., during which the cafe will be open to the public.
Since Chamuel made it onto the fourth season of “The Voice,” workers at Woodstar have been putting up signs in the cafe to support her and wearing T-shirts with the message “Vote for Michelle” on Mondays and Tuesdays, when the show airs.
Rebecca Robbins, the co-owner of Woodstar, said while the staff at the cafe knew that Chamuel was a musician, they never realized the extent of her talent.
“She never mentioned anything that would give us an inkling of her level of talent,” Robbins said. “I think the first time many of us saw her sing, our jaws were on the floor.”
After earning a standing ovation on Monday night’s show, Chamuel was the first competitor to advance in Tuesday night’s episode.
During Monday night’s two-hour airing, Chamuel performed “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane, then “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift. That earned praise from Swift herself when Usher, Chamuel’s coach on the show, invited Swift to the rehearsal.
Usher said on the show that it’s “the final sign of approval” when the original artist appreciates a cover.
“I’m really invested in you as an artist,” Usher told Chamuel on Monday night’s show. “I don’t feel like a coach anymore. I feel like a friend.”
On Tuesday night’s episode, shortly before host Carson Daly declared Chamuel to be safely in the top five, she performed a duet with fellow contestant Sasha Allen of “Open Your Heart” by Madonna. Allen, who is coached by Shakira, also made it into the top five. Holly Tucker, coached by Blake Shelton, was eliminated Tuesday night.
Chamuel moved back to Amherst last year. She previously lived there in 2002, when she attended Amherst Regional High School for her junior year.
Chamuel is the third Valley resident to compete on “The Voice,” following Naia Kete of Shutesbury in the second season and Michelle Brooks-Thompson of Sunderland in the third. Neither of those women won.