The Voice South Africa is a television show in South Africa that aims at finding new singing talents. The show which is modeled after the US TV series also called The Voice is aimed at finding something different from the normal or daily voice in music. It seeks to bring a unique and talented voice into the music scene.
Its introduction in 2016, got South African news buzzing with excitement as something different from the normal TV show is coming on air. The Voice South Africa joined other shows in the country including SA Got Talent, and Idols South Africa.
The Voice began in Holland in 2010. Created by John de Mol, the show began as The Voice of Holland or TVOH, and it was aired on RTL4. The idea of the show as it was created and as it remained, has been to get quality singing talents through blind auditioning.
Since its creation in 2010, the show has been adapted and created in different countries including United States in the same year. In 2011, Holos Krayiny was launched as its Ukrainian version. The Voice Portugal, The Voice Van Vlaanderen in Belgium, The Voice UK, and The Voice Germany, began in the same year.
Also, the show began in Mexico, Romania, Turkey, and Australia in the same year. In 2012, it was adapted in Argentina, Spain, Republic of Ireland, Canada, France, China, and Brazil. In the same year it began in Russia and Colombia.
It went to Indonesia, Philippines, and Greece in 2013, and proceeded to india, Vietnam, Azerbaijan and Ice land in 2015.
The show has three main stages; the auditions, battle rounds and live shows. The auditioning stage will have participants sing to coaches whose backs are turned. If a coach likes the singing of a participant he will presses a button and the coaches will turn round to face the singer. If any coach doesn’t turn round however, the participant cannot go through. Each coach will have a number of participants in his team.
The battle round have artists slug it out two at a time, after being mentored by their respective coaches. They sing simultaneously and the coaches decide who goes through to the live round.
The live round sees each coach with 4 contestants in his or her team. In this stage, contestants perform live before coaches, audience and viewers for public votes. The best eight move to the next round, while three others are decided by the coaches.
In live broadcast, the last eight compete for a place in the last-four phase which will have a participant from each coach’s team. The winner from the last four, selected through votes by the public is crowned as the voice.
Although the show became popular because it was duly covered by TV, radio and South African Newspapers, the style it came with was appealing like it was in other countries.
The show in South Africa began airing on January 31at 2016 on M-Net, and ended on 22nd May 2016. The show featured much great talents such as Gavin Edwards and Richard Stirton who made it as the last two. It featured talents of between 18 years old (Jessica Martins) to 40 years old (Jeremy Olivier).
While votes for the last 8 were collected and first round of voting were collected on Thursday, the text votes were supposed to be collected and counted on Sunday. This however didn’t turn out as a result of technical problems. This forced the organizers into using the votes cast within the week. This was one of the low moments of the high and exciting events. This is because without those votes added, it meant the last four performances were as good as waste.
It was Cape Town’s Richard Stirton that emerged winner of the well contested show, while Gavin Edward emerged as the first runner up. Richard Stirton was from Kahn Morbee’s team, while Garvin Edward was from Bobby Van Jaarsveld team.
The winner of the show went away with music contract from universal music records and R800, 000 worth prizes. The first runner up, as well as two other; Zoe and Thembeka also ended up with deals from Universal studio.
First season of The Voice SA was hosted by Lungile Radu and Stacy Norman as its V-Reporter. The coaches were Kahn Morbee who is a member of The Parlotones indie rock band; South African singer, Lira; pop singer and actor, Bobby Van Jaarsveld; and rock singer, Karen Zoid.
The second season The Voice South Africa would begin in October, 12, 2016.