Michelle Chamuel, yes, the indie rocker from Massachusetts. The one with the big voice and bigger glasses. The queen of team Usher will shock everyone by winning the fourth season of "The Voice."
It all wraps Tuesday after a curiously buzz-free season with only moderately good numbers (around 10 million to 11 million, down from the third.) The finalists, as they usually are here, are all excellent. And naturally, my prediction for a Team Usher victory is deeply contrary to the prevailing wisdom in Voiceville, where most have already crowned Danielle Bradbery the winner.
But I guess my logic is as follows: Chamuel has a tremendous voice, and given the country-twangy conclusion to this season, a highly distinctive one.
Bradbery has already won the iTunes battle, with many thousands of downloads and apparently she's even done well on the country music charts. Bradbery seems like such a sure bet that perhaps maybe she's not. Maybe conventional wisdom is wrong here after all. Probably not, but at the end of the night, I still think Chamuel wins this one.
Again, to recap: Pure talent; distinctive look, good stage presence, good song choice (largely appealing to those most likely to vote for her), and an underdog — which propels her followers to the voting booths.
The Swon Brothers are certainly good, too, but I think they split the country vote with Bradbery who easily gets the lion's share of it.
Here's Chamuel's blind audition performance, and, her duet with Usher last night. Sort of offers a sense of how much she's changed — or not — over the season.