The blockbuster vocal competition The Voice SA first season (first episode) was last Sunday, February 31, 2016. The Voice SA coaches includes Karen Zoid, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Lira and Kahn Morbee.
The show follow an innovative format, featuring blind auditions (where the coaches select their teams of competitors), battle rounds (in which only the strongest vocalists advance), knockout rounds, live playoffs, and, finally, the live performance shows. Viewers can begin voting for their favorite vocalists in the live rounds, ultimately narrowing down the field until a winner walks away with a coveted recording contract.
Here is the highlights of last Sunday’s episodes:
Then it was time for the season’s first talent, 24-year old Mbijana Sibisi, who has placed his career as a dental technician on hold to pursue his dream of being a singer. His rendition of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” got a turn from Karen, and eventually Bobby – at the very last minute!
Mbijana was clearly overwhelmed and Bobby and Karen had to comfort him before the all-important debate. Kahn felt Mbijana should go with Bobby; Lira opted for Karen. And after the two coaches wrangled, it was Bobby who scored the first team member of the season!
Law student Marcel de Almeida was up next and he took a real risk by singing The Parlotones’ “Push Me To The Floor”. Kahn didn’t turn – “The only reason I didn’t turn around,” he said, “Is no one is allowed to do my song better than me!” – Bobby and Karen did, and again vied for talent. But this time it was #TeamKaren on the winning end.
Thembeka Mnguni, a recruitment consultant, was adamant that people shouldn’t be judged on how they look but for their talent – which she certainly has. Her soaring version of Alicia Key’s “Brand New Me” got an almost immediate turn from Karen, with Bobby following, and despite Lira thinking it was an almost obvious choice for her, she finally relented and turned “The diva” and “powerhouse singer” eventually chose Karen, who promised her that she would be “the queen” on her team, and that she’d take her straight to the top.
38-year old plumber and part-time singer Gavin Welsh wasn’t so lucky, but both Lira and Kahn regretted not turning. Later the same sad fate befell both Thato Burhali Reynolds and Joanna Abatzoglou.
Then Vredendal’s El Clay became the first singer of the season to get all four coaches to turn! After a slew of promises from the coaches he went to #TeamLira.
18-year old Jessica Martins may lack the experience of other talent, but she got the chairs of Karen, Bobby and Kahn to turn with her performance of Bastille’s “Pompei” – and a standing ovation from Lira. She also opted for #TeamBobby – and Kahn still had no-one on his team.
Prime Zulu from Kwa-Mashu also impressed with a Tracy Chapman song, with Kahn hopping on Lira’s chair and turning and Bobby doing the same on Karen’s chair! After making their cases, the coaches turned their chairs back around and asked Prime to approach the one he wanted – and Kahn finally had a #TeamKahn member.
The final talent on the night was 40-year old Jeremy Olivier, who has five kids and a bubbling-under music career – and a singing dachshund called Benson! He was hoping for Lira to turn, after an inspiring meeting in Cape Town with her. And not only did she turn – she even danced arm-in-arm with Bobby! – but the other three coaches did too! It was almost inevitable that Lira would win out – and she did.
This leaves #TeamLira with two, #TeamKaren with two, #TeamBobby with two and #TeamKahn with one.
Catch The Voice SA on M-Net DStv Channel 101 every Sunday at 17:30.