The Voice UK 2013 battle rounds are over... now it's the knockouts!

The Voice UK 2013 coaches

The Voice UK 2013 battle rounds have finished filming, and there was plenty of talent and drama on display.

Over the weekend, the coaches - Jessie J, Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue - whittled down their acts after the blind auditions.

Like last year, the mentors pitched two singers against each other in a duet battle, with only one half of each pairing making the next stage.

In a few teaser tweets from what's quickly become our favourite telly show tweeter, the official BBC Voice account wrote online: "It's all about the voice (obvs), but sliding across the stage into a pelvic thrust is pretty cool too."

And they added: "So like soup, beans or spam; the Battles are in the can. And they're tasty. To every one of our battlers, you did great things in that ring."

In between the epic performances - and backstage power cuts - there was a surprise for host Holly Willoughby, who celebrated her birthday over the weekend.

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Although it doesn't sound as though the presenter has been having a very good time recently, tweeting; "1st day back at work having missed 3 days off sick...#fragile xxx"

Looking stunning in a plunging silky jumpsuit, Voice coach Jessie J meanwhile admitted that the process had been tiring but worthwhile.

She added on Twitter: "Long but amazing day at #thevoiceuk woop woop."

And fortunately there hadn't been a single wardrobe malfunction over the whole weekend, which is always a bonus.

Jessie J Voice battles

The remaining artists will next take part in a new stage of the show called the Knockouts, where each will perform a "killer song" for their coach in order to make the live shows.

Jessie, Danny, Sir Tom and Will have to hard task of choosing just three acts each to take to the final rounds, where the public will get their say.

The first Voice UK live show starts on June 8, the blind auditions start on March 30 on BBC One.

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