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Whatever your take on the reality TV schtick, there can be no denying that the global glut of X-Factor-esque shows has dug up some diamonds in the rough, even if their talent is usually boxed up and packaged for by-the-numbers pop consumption. The Voice Brasil show, however, gives a leg-up to those already at least one rung up the professional music ladder, and in last year's first edition it was Ellen Oléria who became an overnight sensation.
At the age of thirty, it is clear that the woman behind the huge smile is no manufactured pop-froth. Singing in local choirs from a young age before learning several instruments and honing her craft, Oléria's presence and style, mixing funk and samba with poetic lyrical nuances, has captured critical as well as popular acclaim. A self-titled new album is already flying high in the charts, and she looks sure to fill Studio RJ with her charm as well as her soaring, golden pop nuggets.