The Voice UK 2013 battle rounds: How they work this year

Jessie J (The Voice UK 2013)

The Voice UK 2013 kicks off next month, and the battle rounds will see plenty of changes.

Will.i.am, Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue and Sir Tom Jones are all back as coaches for the second series.

But while they're staying the same, the BBC has now officially confirmed the format tweaks, which to us sound rather messy.

The first change is at the blind auditions, with the coaches each taking on two more singers than last year to leave them with 12 performers each in their groups before they head into the battles.

The coaches will then pitch their artists against one another in knockout battle rounds, ditching one hopeful in each pairing just like last year.

This will leave each coach with six acts, but this is where it gets a bit complicated.

The coaches can then add a seventh singer to their group by stealing one of the artists rejected by their rival mentors.

If more than one coach wants to steal the same person, it'll be the wannabe themselves who gets to decide.

Things then move into the next stage, with each coach now having seven acts each.

From here, all the remaining contestants will perform a "killer song" in a bid to make the live shows.

The coaches will then have to decide just three artists to take through to the live shows, leading to a total of twelve acts for the finals.

Executive producer Moira Ross said: "We can't wait for The Voice UK to return to Saturday nights.

"With our four global superstars back on board, an unrivalled standard of vocal talent and the added excitement of the 'Steals' and 'Knockouts', it is set to be an extraordinary series."

Do you think the changes will work?

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