The Voice UK 2013 battles: Round One spoiler filled preview

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The Voice 2013 UK battle rounds start off tonight and there's tension, steals and tactics!

In the Battles each Coach must pair up their acts to sing against each other in a vocal showdown to decide who will progress to the next stage.

After each Battle, the Artists’ own Coach must decide who will progress to the next round and who to send home.

But this year, there's an extra twist.

After each Battle, it’s not quite over for the losing Artist. In a dramatic new change to the format, the Coaches can “Steal” a losing Artist for their own team. So if they missed out on an Artist they loved during the Blind Auditions, now’s their chance to finally grab them for their team.

First up it's Jordan Lee Davis and Matt Henry for Team Will, who perform Do I Do by Stevie Wonder together.

Will describes the pair's moves as "Tom Cruise with shoes" but it seems like stalling tactics as hosts Reggie and Holly press for him to decide which of the two should go through.

Also battling on Team Will tonight is Nu Tarna and Cleo Higgins, and the trio end up giving Jessie J a headache. A messy performance has her complaining: "It was just too much."

On Team Danny and Andrea Begley takes Alice Barlow, and Alice is concerned that the song - People Help The People by Birdy - puts Andrea at a huge advantage.


After the battle and Will describes both girls as giving an "angelic, beautiful and amazing" performance, while Danny says his decision will be based "on the hairs on the back of my neck".

Over on Team Tom and Jamie Bruce is put against LB Robinson on an U2 duet, and it's an epic performance which splits the coaches and leaves Sir Tom with a tough decision.

Team Jessie tonight sees a battle of the girls with Katie Benbow and Sarah Cassidy singing together on ET by Kat Perry.


Katie admits she's finding it difficult to make the song her own, while a confident Sarah is also seen shedding a tear as the pressure of the performance mounts.

Finally, it's early favourite Ash Morgan against Adam Barron, which leaves Jessie torn. Sir Tom remarks: "I'm glad I don't have to make the choice, you were equally as good."

Along the way there's two steals in this evening's show, as both Jessie and Tom pinch some artists for their own teams.

Who are you hoping makes it through?


The Voice UK airs tonight form 8:35PM on BBC One.

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