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      Battle Rounds start tonight on NBC's "The Voice," will we see Boonville native Shawn Smith?

      One week ago, a man from Boonville in Oneida County sang his way to the national spotlight, securing the final spot on CeeLo Green's team on NBC's hit show, "The Voice".

      Ahead of the Battle Rounds, which start tonght, we're learning more about the song Shawn "Big Sexy" Smith chose, which convinced CeeLo to turn his chair during the Blind Auditions.

      Smith belted out "Chicken Fried" by the Zac Brown Band, which holds special meaning to the Iraq War Veteran.

      "An important part for me was the bridge of that song, cause I'm a military veteran and the middle of the words... 'Thank God for my life, for the stars and stripes / May freedom forever fly / Salute the ones who died, the ones who gave their life,' that was the meaningful part, that's why I picked that song," he explained in an exclusive interview which you can watch on "The Voice's" website.

      "And that's when I got the chair to turn around, the most meaningful part to me, so it was just like, it was perfect," Smith said.

      In this evening's episode, we can expect to be introduced to the mentors who will help each artists' team members progress -- and we may even get to watch Smith sing to keep his spot on the show.

      Smith, who is known to fans, friends and family as "Big Sexy," graduated from Adirondack High School and Herkimer Community College.

      He plays locally in a Utica-based band, Showtime. Justin Smithson is also a member of the band; the two also have their own duo, "Poor Tim."

      Smithson told our Katie Corrado last week how Bob Seward, owner of Dick Smith's Tavern in Utica, forced Smith to audition for "The Voice."

      Smithson said he does not know how well Smith is doing on the show, because his friend has been barred from talking about the show, even to close family and friends. Smithson says he will be learning how Smith does as each episode airs, and as we follow his progress.

      "The Voice" airs on NBC 3 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. .