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Gilman competes as live rounds begin on 'The Voice'

Rhode Island singer Billy Gilman performs Roy Orbison's "Crying" during the live playoffs of "The Voice" in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. (NBC)

Rhode Island's Billy Gilman is one of the 12 remaining contestants competing Monday night for a chance to advance on NBC's "The Voice" as the live rounds begin.

“His ability, combined with his emotional connection to the music, is so there,” said Adam Levine, who is the lead singer of Maroon 5, as well as Gilman’s coach. “I think he can win this thing.”

Gilman performed Queen’s “The Show Must Go On,” noting that the song captures his history of struggles as an artist.

“For the past 10 years, I’ve tried to have success and failed,” Gilman said ahead of the performance. “Going away from the Nashville scene and back to Rhode Island to live with my parents – it does hurt your pride. This song was my defense mechanism. The show goes on. Live goes on.”

During Gilman’s performance, Levine appeared entranced.

“You are truly special and, man, I think this is just the beginning for you,” Levine said.

Gilman brought the house down in last week's live playoffs with a performance of Roy Orbison's "Crying."

The singers get some extra mentoring help this week from country music legend Garth Brooks.

Gilman said he was 11 when he met Brooks briefly.

"To be able to spend time with him, let him listen to how my voice has developed. The artist I've become. It's pretty remarkable and he is such a humble guy for being the No. 1 selling artist, 130-40 million records sold. He is total brilliance in everything that he does. The way he holds himself. The way he's relatable to you. It was like an old friend," Gilman said.

"The most important thing Garth told me was to lose yourself in the song," said contestant Sundance Head. "He told me I'll know it when it happens."

"He's an amazing human being," added Aaron Gibson. "Super nice, super humble. That's a lesson in itself."

The job Monday is using that input from Brooks and the coaches.

Moving forward, all remaining artists perform on each Monday show. The two artists on any team with the lowest vote total are up for elimination on the Tuesday results show.

One artist will be rescued with the instant save by viewers.

The size of the teams will vary as the live shows progress.

"The Voice" airs at 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC 10.


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