'The Voice' Preview: The Top 20 Dish on Playoffs Strategy and Coaches' Advice (VIDEO)

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With the live playoffs set to begin Monday on NBC’s The Voice, the top 20 contestants each have their own strategies to stand out from the pact as they compete for a chance at a recording contract.

“I think I’m going to go in with a fresh style,” Team Christina member De’Borah told reporters in a press call. “A little blues, new ways to perform, work the stage as usual.”

Her teammate and competitior Sylvia Yacoub also said she is looking to change it up as The Voice switches to a audience-voted, live show format.

“I want to add variety to my songs,” she said. “I want to bring in, you know, different types of songs and different sides of me.”

Meanwhile, Team Blake hopeful Cassadee Pope mentioned that she wants to focus on songs which cater to “a kind of genre I do as a solo artist and as a writer" during the live playoffs.

She continued, “I think I've kind of taken a few songs that I've done so far and made them into what I like to do, which is pop rock. And I want to try and pick a song that is already in that genre so I can really convey what kind of artist I am.”

As The Voice kicks off the live shows this week, NBC will air the popular singing competition show on three nights. Monday and Wednesday’s broadcast will feature performances by the Top 20 from Team Adam, Team Blake, Team Cee Lo, and Team Christina, while Thursday's show will feature the first elimination as two members from each team will be sent home.

The two artists who receive the most votes on each team will be saved and each coach will have to make the difficult decision of choosing one more artist from the remaining three to move forward in the competition.

Devyn Deloera, who wowed the coaches with a Whitney Houston song last week, says that Christina Aguilera’s advice has helped keep her calm.

“A lot of the advice that she’s given me is to channel my nerves into my performance to make it strong, because I get very nervous going out on that stage,” she said.

All of the coaches, including Aguilera and Cee Lo Green have also hit home how important it is for the contestants to remain true to themselves.

Nicoholas David, who is perhaps one of the most unique singers in the competition, said Green told him, “when you’re you, you can’t like, coach that.”

The live playoffs of The Voice begin Monday and continue on Wednesday and Thursday at 8 PM EST/tape delayed PST on NBC.

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