CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - After advancing to the semi-final round on the singing competition "The Voice" 26-year old Amherst native Michelle Chamuel returned home last Thursday to greet dozens of fans and well-wishers gathered outside the Woodstar Cafe in Northampton Thursday, where she worked. "This is awesome, I feel like I'm in the middle of a very large family that hasn't seen me in a while, and has forgotten what I look like, and therefore, has taken photos!" she said.
Last season the indie rocker auditioned for "The Voice" but didn't make it through the blind auditions. But with a little encouragement from Season 2's Tony Lucca, she was ready to take the stage again and this time Michelle turned 3 judges chairs around, eventually choosing Usher as her coach. "Just because someone says no doesn't mean you have to stop trying because you never know why it happens." Things happen for a reason. It was meant to be this time."
Chamuel is the second person with ties to Western Massachusetts to be featured on "The Voice." Sunderland's Michelle Brooks-Thompson has also competed on the popular show.
After thousands of hopefuls auditioned to be "The Voice" now the fate of Michelle and the other Top 5 contestants lies in the voters' hands.
You can watch Michelle and the other four semi-finalists on "The Voice" Monday and Tuesday at 8PM on 22News.