The Voice SA is a polished affair. However, while shiny, it’s not overproduced. The natural energy of the participants is preserved and, as a result, the show brims with the kind of delight that makes you want to keep watching.
The talent show, which follows the international format, is filmed at Sasani Studios, the exact place where the Big Brother Africa studio house burnt down in September 2014.
It’s safe to say that The Voice SA has managed to successfully replace the damaged Idols SA as M-Net’s new premium production.
The show is packed with charm – not so much because of the contestants, but due to the four red swivel chairs that reveal the real talent on set, the coaches – musicians Lira, Karen Zoid, Bobby van Jaarsveld and Kahn Morbee. Those chairs, though, are both a foil and a joyful “jungle gym” for them to play with.
Get ready for a lot of jokes about “Bobby’s balls”. The singer apparently shows great affection when handling his ball-shaped buzzer.
So ballsy and buzzer-happy are they all that there could be a surprise waiting in terms of the overall number of contestants chosen.
Also, unlike Idols, there are no bad singers – they’ve all been weeded out in preproduction. Here the only contestants who will be discarded are those who aren’t chosen soon enough by any of the coaches.
Yes, like Idols and SA’s Got Talent,