The Voice UK continued to prove its popularity over BBC rival Let It Shine with it’s latest round of Blind Auditions drawing more viewers than the semi-final of the BBC One show.
The chair spinning show drew in an average of 5.5 million viewers, peaking at six million, on the final Saturday before the battle rounds begin.
The semi-final of Gary Barlow’s competition show was watched by an average of 4.3 million, peaking at 4.6 million.
As the last few hopefuls made their bid for a slot in the competition, judge Jennifer Hudson was the first coach to complete her team with Kit Rice who sang Bill Withers classic Ain’t No Sunshine.
Next was Sir Tom Jones who picked guitar-playing Linda Jennings as his last team member.
will.i.am filled his final two places with Tim Gallagher and Victoria Louise, leaving fourth coach Gavin Rossdale to pick up whoever came out to audition last.
Rossdale ended up with supermarket product demonstrator Ruth Lockwood, who performed an operatic version of the Britney Spears hit Toxic.
The Voice UK returns to ITV on Saturday at 8.30pm and Let It Shine will return to BBC1 at 6.45pm.