The Voice UK 2014 battle rounds: How they work this year

The Voice UK 2014 coaches

The Voice UK 2014 continues next weekend and with the auditions

Will.i.am, Kylie Minogue, Ricky Wilson and Sir Tom Jones are all coaches for this year's third series.

Over the past seven weeks the four piece have been putting together their teams with twelve artists on each.

The next stage is the battle rounds as the coaches will 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 previously said that it was hoped the changes would add "excitement" to the series, which has always suffered a drop of viewers once the auditions conclude.

Do you think the changes will work?

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