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Saturday 27 December 2014

The Voice battles on in ratings

The Voice is still number one in the Saturday night viewing figures
The Voice is still number one in the Saturday night viewing figures

The Voice UK has continued to top the Saturday night TV ratings as the show moved into the Battle Rounds.

The BBC singing talent show has seen in a boost in viewing figures this year with the addition of Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson to the judging panel.

But previous series have seen the ratings plummet after the initial Blind Audition stages, featuring the spinning chairs.

Around 6.95 million viewers tuned in to the first instalment of the Battle Rounds at 7pm on BBC One, according to Digital Spy.

This gave the show a 30.4 per cent share of the audience figures, ahead of Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway which aired on ITV in the same timeslot, taking a 27.79 per cent share with 6.4 million.

The latest edition of The Voice saw 12 acts chosen to face the public vote in the live finals, as the coaches pitched their acts against each other in sing-off battles. Helped by star mentors Katy B, Jake Shears, Dante Santiago, Leah McFall and Tinie Tempah, the contestants all rehearsed duets to perform and their coaches could only choose one from each pairing to go to the live rounds, plus they could each "steal" another rejected act.

Will.i.am put through Anna McLuckie, Callum Crowley and Jermaine Jackman - who revealed he met Will at a festival last year and the musician urged him to audition for The Voice. He also "stole" Nomakhosi Nkosi from Team Kylie.

One of Will's rejected acts Jessica Steele was left in tears, but was then the subject of a "steal" from Ricky. The Kaiser Chiefs frontman also put through Beth McCarthy, Emily Adams and Christina Marie, the latter after an amazing sing-off of The Power Of Love with Nathan Amzi.

Kylie chose rocker Lee Glasson, Leo Ihenacho, who impressed with his dance moves, and Jai McConnell who she said had a voice that sounded like it came from "outer space".

Sir Tom Jones chose Sally Barker, Celestine - whose son ran on stage to congratulate her - and Bizzi Dixon, after the judges declared his battle with Kenny Thompson the best ever, in which they performed Hey Jude. But Sir Tom said Bizzi's gospel style had given him the edge.

He also used his "steal" to welcome Steven Alexander, who had been rejected by Kylie.

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