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Amherst singer Michelle Chamuel performs for place in ‘The Voice’ finals

  • Michelle Chamuel cheers with her friends and fans in front of Woodstar Cafe in Northampton during an interview. Chamuel returned to Northampton for a visit on June 6, 2013. She is a finalist on the television singing competition, The Voice.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Michelle Chamuel cheers with her friends and fans in front of Woodstar Cafe in Northampton during an interview. Chamuel returned to Northampton for a visit on June 6, 2013. She is a finalist on the television singing competition, The Voice.
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  • Michelle Chamuel cheers with her friends and fans in front of Woodstar Cafe in Northampton during an interview. Chamuel returned to Northampton for a visit on June 6, 2013. She is a finalist on the television singing competition, The Voice.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

After a brief return to the Valley last week, Amherst resident Michelle Chamuel is back on “The Voice” this week to compete in the show’s semifinals.

At the beginning of Monday night’s episode, Chamuel stunned the show’s judges with her performance of “Clarity” by Zedd featuring Foxes.

“I feel like a broken record, because every week I … tell you how much I love you,” judge Adam Levine said to Chamuel.

Chamuel closed out the two-hour episode with a performance of “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper, which she dedicated to her coach on the show, Usher.

“Usher, you’ve become like family to me,” Chamuel said on the show Monday. “Time after time you’ve been there for me, and this one’s for you. Thanks, coach.”

On “The Voice,” currently in its fourth season, vocalists from across the country compete while being mentored by music star coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira, who also serve as the show’s judges.

Coaches select their team members in the first stage of the competition during a process called “blind auditions,” where they are not allowed to see the artists until they have heard them sing and selected them for their team. Artists are eliminated over the course of the season through the coach’s judgments and by vote of the audience.

Chamuel, the sole remaining member of “Team Usher,” was declared one of the top five contestants last week.

Monday’s episode of “The Voice” provided a look back at the remaining artists’ lives before they came on the show. Last week, a television crew came to the Valley to film Chamuel visiting her home in Amherst and the Woodstar Café in Northampton, where Chamuel has been an employee since September 2012.

In Amherst, she was surprised to be greeted by many of her friends, including Robert Lester, who was a member of Ella Riot, the band Chamuel sang with before she moved to Amherst last year.

At the Woodstar Café in Northampton on Thursday, Chamuel was greeted by staff at the café and a crowd of about 100 community members who showed up in support. Rebecca Robbins, co-owner of the Woodstar Café, prepared a cake with music notes on it, which she presented to Chamuel during the filming.

Also during her stay in Massachusetts last week, Chamuel performed “God Bless America” at the Red Sox game in Fenway Park on Wednesday.

“When I auditioned at the blinds, I had no idea that any of this would happen,” Chamuel said in the footage at Fenway Park.

Tonight, two artists will be eliminated, leaving the top three to compete in the finals next week.

The other artists in the top five are Sasha Allen, of “Team Shakira,” Danielle Bradbery and The Swon Brothers, both of “Team Blake,” and Amber Carrington of “Team Adam.”

Ummm, newsflash Grammy - women wear glasses too...

She needs to lose the glasses, looks like a guy

Another finalist, Sasha Allen, has an unfair advantage, in my opinion. While she has an incredible voice and polished stage presence, here's a bit of what wikipedia has to say about her: "She has performed on world tours and platinum albums of several performers, including Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics Tour and resulting DVD (Back to Basics: Live and Down Under),[4] John Legend's album Once Again, and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds' album Playlist. Allen was also the feature vocalist on Babyface's "Playlist" World Tour, singing the classic hits with Babyface that he wrote and produced for Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Madonna, and others. Sasha has also toured with Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis, and John Legend, performed with Usher and David Bowie, and recorded with Celine Dion." Fair?

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