The Voice UK 2013 to cut live shows to boost ratings

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The Voice UK 2013 will feature fewer live shows in the hopes of boosting ratings.

The first series of the BBC One series saw some high viewing figures for the early blind audition episodes, but these well when the show went live.

Bosses hope by upping the amount of recorded auditions and ditching some of the live shows will help keep viewers watching to the end.

This year's semi-final was watched by nearly half the amount of viewers that watched the auditions, which also had a knock on effect on the acts.

The show's live tour was cancelled, while winner Leanne Mitchell's debut single failed to crack the Top 40.

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen claimed there hadn't been any "long chats" about what to change, but he did say: "We're going to do less live shows, we're going to do more blind auditions, more battles and a bit less live, that's the fundamental difference."

It's already been confirmed that Sir Tom Jones,, Jessie J and The Script's Danny O'Donoghue will all be back on the show for the new series.

The four music stars will kick off at auditions later this month in Manchester, with the show returning to screens on BBC One in the Spring.

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