So M-Net’s new format reality TV show kicked off earlier. It’s the local version of the hugely popular franchise, The Voice South Africa. It has been a bit of a rough two weeks for the pay TV channel, so they needed something like this, and boy did it deliver.
The Voice SA is hosted by a veteran in the industry, Lungile Radu. Radu is no stranger to the industry. Not only is his reality TV show, Forever Young back on Vuzu, he’s an acclaimed actor and he’s hosted hit shows on Channel O and Mzansi Magic. Now he adds this show to his resume. Granted we’ve only seen one episode, but from what I saw, he’s comfortable, confident and has assumed his position perfectly. Behind the scenes, 947 radio personality Stacey Norman is the V-Reporter. I’m not sure of this bit yet, but maybe as the rounds progress, it will become more obvious.
One of the most important elements of the show has to be the list of coaches and if you missed it, Bobby Van Jaarsveld, Lira, Karen Zoid and Kahn Morbee of The Parlotones, are all on the panel. Initially I had my reservations, just because I’m unfamiliar two of them, and a third doesn’t strike me as someone well placed for such, but I’ve got to give it to the producers because they’ve done well. Karen is entertaining, as is Bobby. I just love Lira. She’s dramatic, intelligent, theatrical, warm. Just the best… I do think Kahn will warm as we get into the season more.
As for the talent? Well… Well… Well! There’s plenty on offer and we’re definitely going to see some incredible singers surface in The Voice South Africa.
Onward to episode two.