The Voice season 6 enters live phase as contestants vie for America's vote; Karen Larsen live in LA

Monday night marks the beginning of the "live" phase of The Voice.

This is the part of the show when the viewers have a chance to weigh in on the fate of the 12 remaining singers.

"It's mindblowing....I'm pumped!  But I'm nervous," said Kristen Merlin of Team Shakira.

After weeks of vying for just their coach's approval, the contestants now begin seeking America's thumbs up.

"They can decide who their favorite artist is in the top 12, and I can't wait to start that process," said Kat Perkins of Team Adam.

But earning the viewers' vote starts by building on the support the singers have from their hometowns.

"Support from home's been crazy.  They got t-shirts made with my name on it," said Jake Worthington of Team Blake.

"It's so humbling to have everyone say, 'We're behind you.. go do it,'" said Sisaundra Lewis of Team Blake.

They'll do it in the pressurized environment of live television.

"This is definitely where you get to see what you're really made of," said Team Usher's T.J. Wilkins. "So I just want to go in and be as prepared as possible."

Viewer votes will save nine of the 12 singers outright. An instant save Tuesday night will rescue the tenth and final singer. Two will be sent home.

"I'm filled with adrenaline and excitement for what's to come," said Dani Moz of Team Shakira. "But the pressure is on, the competition is stiff."

At 7 p.m. on Channel 2, the stakes rise higher. Karen Larsen is in Los Angeles for Monday night's live episode. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter as she gives you a behind-the-scenes look.


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