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Michelle Chamuel of Amherst sings for the title on ‘The Voice’

  • Katherine Hand, left, and Andrea Charette, who are co-workers of Michelle Chamuel, watch her as she competes on "The Voice" Monday at the home of Courtney Elliott in Leeds.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Katherine Hand, left, and Andrea Charette, who are co-workers of Michelle Chamuel, watch her as she competes on "The Voice" Monday at the home of Courtney Elliott in Leeds.
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  • Katherine Hand, left, and Andrea Charette, who are co-workers of Michelle Chamuel, watch her as she competes on "The Voice" Monday at the home of Courtney Elliott in Leeds.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Katherine Hand, left, and Andrea Charette, who are co-workers of Michelle Chamuel, watch her as she competes on "The Voice" Monday at the home of Courtney Elliott in Leeds.
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  • Woodstar Cafe co-workers of Michelle Chamuel, an Amherst resident competing on "The Voice", cheer for her at the beginning of the show during a party at the home of Courtney Elliott, front row left, Monday in Leeds.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Woodstar Cafe co-workers of Michelle Chamuel, an Amherst resident competing on "The Voice", cheer for her at the beginning of the show during a party at the home of Courtney Elliott, front row left, Monday in Leeds.
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  • Co-workers of Michelle Chamuel, of Amherst, who is competing on "The Voice", react at the end of her song during a party at the home of Courtney Elliott, front center, in Leeds.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Co-workers of Michelle Chamuel, of Amherst, who is competing on "The Voice", react at the end of her song during a party at the home of Courtney Elliott, front center, in Leeds.
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  • Katherine Hand, left, and Andrea Charette, who are co-workers of Michelle Chamuel, watch her as she competes on "The Voice" Monday at the home of Courtney Elliott in Leeds.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Katherine Hand, left, and Andrea Charette, who are co-workers of Michelle Chamuel, watch her as she competes on "The Voice" Monday at the home of Courtney Elliott in Leeds.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Woodstar Cafe co-workers of Michelle Chamuel, an Amherst resident competing on "The Voice", cheer for her at the beginning of the show during a party at the home of Courtney Elliott, front row left, Monday in Leeds.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Co-workers of Michelle Chamuel, of Amherst, who is competing on "The Voice", react at the end of her song during a party at the home of Courtney Elliott, front center, in Leeds.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

“It was real,” Kaba said. “She’s just a really humble, special person.”

It was this about Chamuel that drew around a dozen of her Woodstar colleagues together Monday night at the condominium of pastry chef Courtney Elliott of Leeds to watch her perform along with the two other remaining finalists for the title in the televised singing competition. The winner will be announced Tuesday night after viewers’ votes are counted.

Some of the staff watched the television from the table, while others gathered on the couch and chairs. They talked during the show’s opening credits, cheering when Chamuel was introduced. Woodstar barista Hannah Hudson told Elliott how she thinks she convinced some café customers to vote.

Hudson said that even customers who may not have previously watched the show are drawn by the local connection, and once they hear Chamuel, become convinced to follow along.

“They watch her and they freak out,” said Hudson, 25, of Northampton. “It’s transcended a lot of age and social interest groups.”

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.

After coaches select their team members in the first stage of the competition, artists are eliminated over the course of the season through the coaches’ judgments and by vote of the audience.

Chamuel, 27, the sole remaining member of “Team Usher,” advanced to the final three last week. The others are Danielle Bradbery and The Swon Brothers, both of “Team Blake.”

The room fell quiet Monday night when Chamuel sang. She performed a full version of “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift, “Why” by Annie Lennox and “One” by U2 as a duet with Usher. She drew praise from all of the judges. Shakira even wore Chamuel-style black-rimmed glasses, like Usher has done in previous episodes.

Shakira called Chamuel an “extraordinary artist” on Monday night’s episode, but added that, ““I think that people should know that you’re such a humble and sweet person.”

Elliott, 30, said she feels Usher has helped to build up Chamuel’s confidence to the point where she can not only embrace her talent, but share it.

“The coaches get it now, what we’ve seen all along,” Elliott said.

Each week, the café staff has encouraged customers to vote by wearing “Vote for Michelle” T-shirts on Mondays and Tuesdays, the days the show airs, and displaying the phone number to call to vote for Chamuel. Today, they are kicking it into high gear as voting takes place for the winner.

“She wasn’t doing her dream six months ago, and now she is,” Elliott said.

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