PICTURES! The Voice UK 2017 battles kick off: Preview tonight's performances

The Voice UK 2017 battle rounds take place this Saturday and Sunday on ITV and here's a first look.

It’s a double bill of The Voice UK as the current crop of 40 contestants are almost halved and it all starts tonight.

But before any singing is a spot of mentoring.

Coaches will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale take their teams to world famous Abbey Road Studios in London to be paired up to work on their performance.

Each coach will pit the acts in their teams against one another a series of sing-offs that only one can win.

In each battle, the acts will share the stage and sing the same song in front of all the coaches plus a live studio audience.

After the performance, all the coaches will offer their view on who should win but it'll be the contestants' mentor alone that declares the winner.

For the losers however there is a second chance.

The steal twist is back giving each coach the power to pick one (and only one) of the singers rejected by their rival coaches.

However acts who lose their battles and aren't stolen will be out of the contest for good as those that remain head into knockout rounds, one step away from the live finals.

The Voice UK battles will air in two shows this weekend on Saturday and Sunday night.

The first half of The Voice UK 2017 battle rounds will air TONIGHT from 8:30PM on ITV, featuring a mix of performances from all four teams.

The second half will be back on ITV on Sunday night at 7PM as the contestants in the knockout rounds are confirmed.

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