Fans of the popular singing competition show The Voice are up in arms over the show’s new format.

In previous seasons, the popular Battle rounds would take place after the blind auditions.

The Battle rounds would see two singers from the same team face off against each other, before the judges were forced to pick one singer to stay.

But now, the Battle rounds have been scratched, and replaced with The Cut segment, which is much more brutal and rushed.

In the new segment, the judges must cut acts to bring their teams down to only five members.

Tuesday night’s episode saw the coaches get rid of a huge percentage of their teams, namely Rita Ora, who had turned around for 14 different acts during the blind auditions.

The coaches were forced to make a series of tough decisions, one which saw Rita cut Jessica Mauboy’s niece Saraya from her team.

The next episode will see the teams of five go up against each other, with the winners heading through to the live shows.

Unsurprisingly, viewers were not impressed with the new format, as they hardly get to see the artists perform.

“This format doesn’t allow for us to connect with the contestants. Couldn’t care less who wins when people are dumped after a 10 second sound bite,” one viewer wrote on social media.

“This whole cut experience was so sh***y, they got rid of so many people who we had all grown to love and we barely had time to see them go,” another commented.

“The ‘cut’ was grossly unfair and terrible TV. So disappointing for viewers,” another said, with a different user adding, “Silly format, lost interest quickly”.

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This article first appeared on Over60.