The Voice is set to undergo some radical changes when it returns in the spring – with the number of live heats reportedly set to be slashed.

According to The Sun, this year’s series will feature just three weeks of live rounds after ratings for the show plummeted once it went live in 2012.

The judges will each have the chance to choose 12 acts instead of 10 in the next series, which will then be halved to 24.

However producers are still said to be working out how the acts will then be cut down for the live shows, with multiple eliminations and more exits during the battle rounds both possibilities.

The number of ‘blind’ audition shows – which were popular with viewers in the last series – will also be increased.

And a new twist will allow judges to ‘steal’ each other’s acts.

Judge Danny O’Donoghue praised the new format, saying: “When it comes to the chop, when I am down to six at the knockout stages, I can lose an artist but I can also take someone else’s.

“There will be a lot more opportunities to battle. I’m loving it.”

Auditions for the next series, which is due to begin in April, have already been filmed – with Danny joining returning coaches Jessie J, will.i.am and Tom Jones in the spinning chairs.

The 2012 series was won by Leanne Mitchell.