The Voice UK's Battle Rounds draw near

Date: 04.04.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.09
After the conclusion of the Blind Auditions, The Voice UK’s Battle Rounds will soon be underway. The programme will air over two episodes spread over the weekend on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April.

Joining superstar coaches Jessie J, Tom Jones, and Danny O’Donoghue will be four Battle Advisors: Paloma Faith (Team Danny), Cerys Matthews (Team Tom), the Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic (Team Jessie) and Black Eyed Pea Dante Santiago (team will). Together with the coaches, they will be responsible for developing their artists, helping them improve their vocal ability and polishing their performances.

The Battle Rounds will see coaches pit two of their own acts against each other to sing a competitive duet in front of a studio audience. Immediately after the battle performance the coach must choose which artist will go through to the live shows and which to send home.

Reggie Yates says: “This is a pivotal moment in the series, the gateway to our live shows and a massive event.  Forty Artists, 20 going home – it’s a really, really exciting point to get down to our top 20.”

Holly Willoughby adds: "The Battle Rounds are make-or-break time for all the artists in the competition.  They have to compete with their opponents singing the same song, before their coach decides which one to send home – in some cases it’s an almost impossible decision. The drama is going to be extremely high.”

The Voice continues this Saturday, 7 April, at 7.00pm on BBC One.

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