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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,

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