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BBC set to tweak The Voice UK for second series

The Voice UK will see its number of live shows cut as BBC bosses look to reinvigorate the show.

The TV talent show got its UK premiere earlier this year after proving to be a success in America due to its focus on talent, not looks.

However, it didn't quite enjoy the same impact as it did stateside, with the show's spin-off live tour pulled after poor ticket sales.

Responding to accusations at the Edinburgh TV Festival that The Voice UK became like any other talent show when the live shows were introduced, BBC controller of entertainment Mark Linsey said:

"We will be doing less live shows [in series two]. Those live shows, the audience became over familiar with the grammar. It still works on Strictly and X Factor, but audiences became over familiar with it. It's not rocket science to say that the Blind Auditions were the best bit of the series."

Linsey also added that the show's famed swivelling seats - used in the blind auditions - will feature more heavily on the second series.

As previously reported, Jessie J recently confirmed that she will be returning as a coach on the show after ill-founded speculation previously suggested she was set to back out of the project.




Watch a clip from The Voice UK below: