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The Voice enjoyed a leap in ratings on Saturday night as the remaining eight artists battled it out in the semi-final.

According to overnight figures an average audience of 5.8m tuned in between 7pm and 9.10pm as Andrea Begley, Mike Ward, Matt Henry and Leah McFall made it through to next Saturday’s final.

That represents a rise of over one and a half million viewers from the previous weekend’s show, which scored just 4.2m viewers in its Friday night slot.

In that instance the show moved to Friday to avoid competition with the Britain’s Got Talent final – but this weekend it had Saturday night all to itself in the absence of its ITV rival.

The figure is also a considerable improvement on the ratings for the 2012 semi-final, which attracted an audience of 4.8m.

A BBC spokesperson also revealed that the audience peaked at 6.7m viewers – making it the most popular show of the night across all channels.

Next Saturday’s show will see the remaining four artists compete for the chance to be crowned series champion and secure a coveted record contract with Universal.

Leah McFall is currenly the runaway favourite to take the title, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 2-5 on the Northern Irish singer winning next Saturday night.

Mike Ward is second favourite at 11-2, Andrea Begley is 5-1 and Matt Henry is the outsider at 9-1.