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Team Cee Lo Contestants Talk Overcoming Illness and Adversity (VIDEO)

Though singing is the name of the game on The Voice, the personal stories of certain contestants have been inspiring hundreds across the country.

Team Cee Lo Green is gearing up for its live show performances tonight, and four of the six contestants took the time to sit down with The New York Post to talk about their journeys thus far.

Former model Erin Martin opened up about her battle with Ulcerative Colitis and how it affected her childhood.

“I have had numerous blood transfusions,” she told The Post. “I’ve had more surgeries than I can count. I am just blessed that I am here today.”

And R&B performer James Massone talked about a fatal shooting that took the lives of four of his friends who were members of a rap group that James and his brother performed with.

“I didn’t want people to think I was using it for a sympathy story,” James said about bringing up the shooting during his blind audition.

But, as always, it was upbeat Jamar Rogers who stole the show. The singer’s openness about his positive HIV status and battle with drug addiction have inspired numerous fans across the country. Jamar revealed that some fans have even confided in him about their own, personal struggles with the illness.

“There’s actually been a couple people that their stories have moved me so much,” Jamar said. “I’ve gotten their phone number so I can call and encourage them myself. Because I’m not doing this for me anymore. I’m doing this to show people that we can overcome anything. We can overcome the odds.”

But these contestants have to rely on more than just their touching stories. Tonight, they will compete in their first set of live shows to determine who will go home in Tuesday night’s elimination episode.

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04.10.2012 / 01:34 AM EDT by Rachel McRady
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