BBC One confirms The Voice UK 2013 live shows will begin in June

The Voice UK 2013

The BBC has announced that The Voice UK 2013's live shows are to air in June, suggesting that the new series may launch later in the year.

Last year's debut run begun on March 24th and ended with the final on June 2nd, won by Tom Jones' act Leanne Mitchell.

However, a message posted on the official BBC One Twitter page this morning revealed that the first live show of the upcoming second edition won't take place until June 8th.

The tweet read: "We can confirm that @BBCTheVoiceUK Live shows will begin on Sat 8th June.

"Stay tuned for details of when the Blinds begin."

According to reports, the number of live shows will be cut from six to just three, with more audition rounds to fill the gaps. If correct, this means that the final will air on June 22nd, three weeks later than last year.

Bosses are understood to be tweaking the format in an attempt to hold viewers' interest after the first series' live stages saw ratings plunge to as low as 5 million, despite highs of 11 million during the Blind Auditions.

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