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Gilman competes in live playoffs on 'The Voice'

THE VOICE -- Season: 11 -- Pictured: Billy Gilman -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Local recording artist Billy Gilman, who topped the charts when he was a kid, is working on his now adult career.

He's been on NBC's "The Voice" this season, in competition with other singers, and he will be performing live with the pool of the remaining 20 artists Monday night. The field will be whittled down to 12 by the end of the two-hour show.

NBC 10 News caught up with Gilman at the sound check for his last live local show at the end of October in Westerly before he headed back to Los Angeles to prepare for the first live show of "The Voice" this season.

"I already knocked myself to death on my own imperfections, so I can't be worried about what someone else is doing," quipped Gilman after being asked if he's focusing on what the other vocal artists will be performing.

He's already made it through the blind auditions, the battle rounds, and the knockouts. Now it's "scary," says Gilman.

"Because you only have a minute-fifty, two minutes, you know, to get it right. You can't rerecord it or redo it. It's right there. And if you flub, you keep going. So the pressure is on," Gilman said.

The remaining 20 artists compete Monday to secure a spot in each successive live show, voted by the audience at home, until one is named "The Voice" and gets a recording contract.

During Monday's show, viewers will save two artists from each team, and each of the four coaches will move an artist forward. According to NBC.com, votes can be cast using The Voice official app or on Twitter using the handle @NBCTheVoice.

Gilman found fame once already, when he was a kid, in Rhode Island, except it was him against the world. A performance at the Warwick Musical Theatre at the time launched his career, culminating with a number of top country hits and an appearance on Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Special.

Then, his voice changed.

"I carry my story with me ten-fold. The point is: it's been 17 years," referring to the early success. But now, up against young adult budding artists? "It's definitely an even playing field," says Gilman.

The live playoffs air on "The Voice" at 8 p.m. Monday on NBC 10.


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