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'The Voice' UK Live Shows to be cut back, spinning chairs increased

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The BBC has confirmed that it will tweak the format of The Voice UK for its second series following the dramatic ratings drop that took place during the first series Live Shows.

The Voice was BBC One's biggest entertainment launch in a decade, but viewing number slumped in the latter stages of the show after the spinning chairs and Blind Auditions ended.

Danny O'Donoghue, Tom Jones, Jessie J, Will.i.am

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Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, BBC controller of entertainment Mark Linsey admitted that there had been problems with the shift from Blind Auditions to Live Shows.

When asked if The Voice became like "all the other talent shows" without the spinning chairs, Linsey said that was a "fair comment".

"We will be doing less live shows [in series two]," said Linsey.

"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."

He added: "It's not rocket science to say that the Blind Auditions were the best bit of the series."

The Voice UK Results Show: Danny

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When asked whether the spinning chairs could be involved in "nearly all" the shows, Linsey said "yes" but wouldn't reveal the plans for expanding their role.

"We'll let you know soon. I don't want to give it all away. It will be fine," he said.

Linsey defended the BBC's investment in The Voice UK, claiming that the broadcaster had a rich tradition of musical talent shows with programmes such as Fame Academy and Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End series.

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