The Voice set to begin 'live' shows
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BOSTON (WHDH) -- Amherst native Michelle Chamuel ready to do battle in the live competition shows on "The Voice."
The next round begins Monday and there's one key the contestants have to focus in on if they want to make it all the way.
NBC's singing competition series, "The Voice" starts the 'live' phase Monday night.
It’s the first of three shows over the course of the week.
After weeks of blind auditions and battle rounds and knockout rounds - the four voice coaches each have their teams down to four singers as the live shows begin.
"Anybody at any point can perform a song, y'know, that's just incredible and
all of a sudden become a front runner,” said Blake Shelton.
That happened with last season's winner, Cassadee Pope.
Her rendition of Shelton's hit "Over You" was the turning point.
"She was kind of in the middle of the pack there at the beginning, and then, figured out what was working for her, musically, and what connects with the audience out there watching. And next thing you knew, she blew past everybody,” said Shelton.
The audience connection is especially important now, because the viewers' vote begins to factor in to who stays and who goes.
“We're all competitive, we want to win and we want to put our best foot forward, but who knows?” said Usher.
That was also the question when the season started. New coaches Usher and Shakira joined the ranks - but any concerns about chemistry quickly disappeared.
"They're so much fun to be around. I don't know if it comes across to you on television, but we're absolutely having a ball,” said Shelton.
"I wish there had been a show like The Voice back in the day when I first started out,” said Shakira.
For one of the 16 singers....winning the voice will become a wish fulfilled.