(NBC NEWS) --"The Voice" begins its live shows tonight.

It's the first of three shows this week, tomorrow and Thursday as well.

The start of the live shows also means now, viewers get to make their voice heard.

It all started as a massive search.

"I'm one out of like 40 thousand people who auditioned for the show," said contestant Matthew Schuler.

Simply making the blind auditions was an accomplishment.

"Didn't think i'd turn a chair, never thought i'd win my battle, so to make it this far is pretty surreal," contestant Cole Vosbury said.

Through the battle rounds and then the knockouts, the coaches have had to narrow their teams.

"It's been unexpectedly, a very emotional experience," said show contestant Tessanne Chin.

The emotions will intensify this week.

Viewers get to weigh in on the singers' performances.

"Getting America to vote for you. I think that's pretty cool," said Jonny Gray whose on team Cee Lo.

"I just hope that they love me and love my voice and my music," said Cee Lo teammate Amber Nicole.

The viewer vote will save two of the five singers on each team

Now that it's up to America, i have to win them over, the same way i won Blake over, you know?" joked contestant Ray Boudreaux.

The coaches will also get to save one of their artists.

But they'll also have to send two home Thursday night.

This is the craziest thing I've ever done, and I've done some crazy things!" laughed Stephanie Anne Johnson, a member of Christina's team.

Going into the lives is going to be a blast," contestant James Wolpert said.

It'll be an even bigger one for the 12 singers who advance.

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