TODAY | April 22, 2014
>>> time now for "the voice" on "today." the live eliminations kicked off last night with performances from the top 12. this morning, carson shows you what was happening behind the scenes .
>> the live shows start right now!
>> yesterday was the first night of live shows , and as usual, backstage was controlled chaos.
>> voice tailgate, baby.
>> before going live on nbc , the artists got a chance to connect with fans via twitter, instagram and vine from "the voice" tailgate.
>> repeat after me. now go.
>> our friends from "weekend today" dropped in and jammed with the house band . it was lester on base. with erica, dylan, and jenna handling vocals. and i use the term vocals loosely. anything can happen on a live broadcast . kristen merlin learned that first hand when her mic failed during her live performance .
>> no one had heard anything i just sang, but i just kept going with it because, you just have to expect the unexpected. i don't want you to leave will you hold my hand
>> but 12 will become ten when two artists are sent home tonight .
>> i just tried to give my all.
>> let's hope i make top ten.
>> i left everything out there on the stage, so, you know, all i can do is just wait like everyone else for the results.
>> for "today," carson daly , nbc news, los angeles .
>> i hope ellen survives.
>> she does look a little like ellen. the presence of mind to keep singing, wait for the new mic and not get flustered, pretty good.
>> that's a pro.
>> no question. we should mention, you can vote on nbc .com for your favorite artist. that's until 12:00 eastern, 9:00 a.m . pacific time . you catch the results tonight, 8:00/7:00 central time here on nbc .