With The Voice UK set to launch on Saturday, we take a look at its Irish counterpart!

It's just a matter of days until The Voice UK launches, but an Irish version of the show is already well under way.

The Voice Of Ireland rolls on through the live shows as judges Bressie, Brian Kennedy, Sharon Corr and Kian Egan whittle down their acts until each of them has just one singer remaining in their category.

The UK version will follow the same format as its Irish counterpart, which starts off with Blind Auditions where coaches have their back to the stage and can only see the performer if they press their button, expressing interest in becoming the act's coach.

Each coach has to have a certain number of acts on their team, for the Irish show, it's 12 per team but it may be less for the UK version. These acts will then move on to the Battle Rounds where their coaches pair them with another act in their category and make the battle it out on a song. The coach must then send home one act and bring another through to the live shows.

That's where things are standing at the minute on The Voice Of Ireland with each coaches six remaining acts battling it out. In the final, just one act per coach will remain meaning that instead of battling against everyone, they will be battling against those in their category only.

I have to say that I'm impressed, the coaches with the exception of Westlife's Kian Egan are really good, the talent is fantastic and I'm liking the fresh format.

What remains to be seen however is if the UK version can live up to expectations and of course if it can manage to trump Britain's Got Talent when it launches on Saturday!

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