The Voice UK 2013 to have three live shows, four eliminations a week

Holly (The Voice)

The Voice 2013 will have just three live shows and a whopping four eliminations each week, it's been confirmed.

This year's new format has seen a number of changes that bosses hope will keep viewers interested past the blind auditions.

The show will start as normal, with the four coaches building up their teams by judging hopefuls as they perform to the panel with their backs turned.

The battles then follow, as the coaches pitch the artists in their teams against one another in some duetting duels to half the stars in their groups.

But The Steal twist will see the coaches allowed to pinch one wild card artist from the rejected acts of the other coaches, bringing the total singers in their teams to seven.

One last audition stage, the new Knockout round, will see the remaining 28 acts perform for a spot in the live finals, having to impress only their coach.

Just three acts in each team make the cut, leaving twelve finalists for the live shows.

Over the course of just three weeks they'll be whittled down to four. Every Saturday night every singer will perform and the public will vote, with one act leaving each team - a total of four eliminations a week.

The final start with four acts standing, one in each team, and it's only then that they'll go head to head as they battle for the win.

Speaking about the changes, Voice coach Danny O'Donoghue said this month: "Overall the changes are really, really great.

"They bring jeopardy into the show and it's been really good fun. I have loved the banter with the other Coaches. At the end of the day, we are there to find the next talented artist in the UK. You can do that and have a lot of fun too."

But we're not so sure, with just three live shows and twelve acts, it looks like the final stage could end up feeling rather rushed and the winner once again being quickly overlooked.

What do you make of the new format?

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