South Africa will have its own version of the popular singing show The Voice in early 2016. M-Net will broadcast the The Voice SA along with Idols SA, giving all you talented singers out there even more chances to launch a career in the music industry.

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I enjoy the American version of The Voice. The vocalists are on another level and the standards of coaching and input from Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera are very high. The banter between the coaches (Blake Shelton and Adam Levine) is also entertaining to watch.

With that said, I’ll be very interested to see who’ll be sitting down as coaches in the red swivel chairs on The Voice SA. Guest coaches are also a big feature of the show and I’m sure we’ll see some well-known faces contributing in this regard. I just hope the producers will choose top quality individuals who’ve really made names for themselves in the music industry.

South Africa will be the 60th country to run with a local version of the show, joining the USA, UK, Australia, Holland (the original), Thailand, Sweden, Germany, Brazil and many more.

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The format of The Voice is different to other singing reality shows. Open auditions are initially held to identify the best singers. After this, the ‘blind auditions’ are held where the coaches can listen to contestants without seeing them. If a coach likes what they hear, they swivel around in their red chair and the contestant can then choose from the coaches have swivelled around. The coaches often beg when they can see a contestant with real talent – they want the bragging rights of being the winning coach as much as anything. After this phase, it’s onto the ‘battle rounds’ where the contestants receive coaching and are paired to face each other in sing-offs where only one goes through to the ‘live show’ rounds. This is where public voting comes in to eventually decide the winner.

Entries will be open to anyone aged 18 years and older. Stay tuned to M-Net in September for more information on prizes, as well as audition dates and venue details.

Have you got what it takes?

UPDATE: The coaches for The Voice SA have been announced. They are:
  • Lira
  • Karen Zoid
  • Kahn Morbee
  • Bobby van Jaarsveld
Auditions will be held on the following dates:
  • 17 & 18 October: Cape Town – Newlands Stadium
  • 25 & 26 October: Durban – Kings Park Rugby Stadium
  • 31 October & 01 November: Johannesburg – Mark’s Park