The Voice to launch Sunday results show

A slot between ratings winners Countryfile and Antiques Roadshow could pull in a valuable new audience

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After beating Saturday night rival Britain’s Got Talent in the ratings war in recent weeks, BBC1’s The Voice will try to press its advantage with a Sunday night results show as part of the live stages.

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The Battles rounds take place this weekend – with coaches will.i.am, Tom Jones, Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue each weeding out half of their ten-strong teams across Saturday and Sunday. And the pattern of both Saturday and Sunday instalments will continue into the live shows that begin the following weekend. 

The first live show will begin on Saturday 28 April at 7pm, running for 90 minutes. The first results show, in which the public vote will save three acts from each competing team before the coaches choose one of their remaining two acts to leave the competition, will broadcast the following day.   Only two of the teams will compete in the first live show, with the second two teams performing the next weekend. 

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The results programme will air in a 35-minute slot from 7:25pm between Sunday night ratings winners Countryfile and Antiques Roadshow, with BBC bosses hoping to add some of that audience to the existing 10 million plus who already watch the Saturday show.