The Voice UK 2017 will see more live shows on ITV

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The Voice UK 2017 will see five rounds of live shows for its first series on ITV.

That's two more than the previous four series of The Voice UK on BBC One but one fewer than the first series back in 2012.

It's hoped the compromise will allow the finalists to get to connect with viewers better without dragging on for so long that ratings tumble.

While The Voice's blind auditions have always rated well - reaching highs of 12 million viewers in 2012 - the live shows have often seen numbers dip.

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After the first series, the BBC cut the live shows to just three: A Quarter Final, Semi Final and Grand Final.

This short run may have kept viewing numbers respectable but resulted in weekly eliminations of four acts and it always felt like a rushed end to the series.

It's also perhaps one reason why The Voice UK winners have often struggled with success compared to acts from The X Factor.

Two extra live shows are just one of many little changes made by ITV as the channel takes over the show.

On the coaching line up, ITV have undone the BBC's controversial work to bring back Sir Tom Jones to the show alongside Will.i.am and two new names: American singer Jennifer Hudson and British rocker Gavin Rossdale, lead singer of Bush.

There's also a brand new look set and the blind auditions have an extra twist this year.

Previously once an audition was over, all the chairs turned so the coaches who didn't hit the buzzer still saw acts and offered them advice or reasons why they hadn't spun.

But now those coaches that don't press their buzzer will NOT get to speak or even see the act who auditioned.

Host Emma explained: “If you don’t push your button for a contestant, you don’t get to see them… If nobody turns then nobody gets to see who’s sung."

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Another change is in the prize: The winner of The Voice UK 2017 will scoop a life changing record contract with music giants Polydor Records. The label is home to global music stars Take That and Ellie Goulding, as well as The 1975 and Years & Years.

But will any of the tweaks make for a better show?

The Voice UK 2017 starts this Saturday night, January 7 on ITV from 7PM.

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