About The Voice SA
The Voice is the ultimate talent contest. A show in which the absolute key factor is talent. Real talent. There's no room for fly by nights or wannabe stars. Only the very best of the best will do; the best voice combined with the best mentality, that's what the show is all about. The Voice South Africa centres on the search for the nation's new big star. The search for that one person with that special something, a real first class act with the ability to stick around and deliver their very own unique sound.
Unlike many other television singing competitions, there is no upper age limit for The Voice South Africa. Solo singers and duos may enter and the vocalists can “gooi” it in the genre of their choice – from pop, rock and indie, folk and country to cabaret, opera and blues. The only music prerequisite is a dazzling vocal quality. But do take note: to be eligible to enter you have to be a South African citizen over the age of 18 with no existing music contract. This season, there is only one way to enter The Voice South Africa – via the online entry form on the M-Net website. Once you have logged on to mnet.tv/thevoice, you will go through a quick and easy online audition process. First, you will be asked to fill in a short application form with a few personal questions and thereafter you have to submit a 90-second long video showcasing your vocal talent.
The show kicks straight off with the spectacular 'Blind Auditions'. Forget the usual empty room that forms the backdrop for most selections, on this show the setting is an impressive huge theatre or studio with a big audience and live band!
As the name suggests, in the 'Blind Auditions', the candidates cannot be seen, they can only be heard. Our four top performing artists and coaches will therefore only be able to go on the candidates' voice quality and technique, without being distracted or influenced by their appearance. Because as the title says, we're looking for The Voice… not The Looks.
During these first auditions, the four coaches are seated on chairs that automatically turn away from the candidate before he or she enters the venue to sing. If the coaches are impressed with someone's voice, they can press their “I Want You” button during the audition. If they press the button, their chair automatically spins round to face the stage. And that is when the artists see the candidate for the very first time! What will they think of what they see...?
Naturally the coaches are allowed to give their uncensored opinion about the candidate's looks, style and performance, but once they've pressed that button, there's no way back!
In the end, all the final candidates will be coached by one of the top performing artists, who will closely collaborate with a team of professionals. Their years of experience in the business has made them aware of the fact that a career in music is built on more than talent alone. Hard work, discipline and the drive to constantly better yourself are just a few of the necessary elements to really make it to the top in the music industry.
After the Blind Auditions, the 'Knockouts' and 'Battle Rounds' follow, where the talent are chosen to advance to the Live Finale rounds.
And the performing artists don't just coach their talents; they sometimes actually get up on stage with them during the LIVE shows, to perform together!
It's a long road to the final, and therefore the singers are coached by the professional team every step of the way. And once they've made it to the final, we will at last find out which one of them possesses the ultimate combination of talent, vocal ability and character to really make it big.
Because the winner of The Voice Of South Africa is guaranteed to take the national music industry by storm! The winner will receive a recording deal as well as some fabulous prizes befitting a show of the calibre of The Voice SA. Previous winners Richard Stirton and Craig Lucas have both carved out successful careers in the South African music industry with chart-topping singles, while many of the finalists also nabbed recording contracts and even SAMA nominations.
The Voice South Africa will return to M-Net for a third season in February 2019.