The Voice South Africa

Surprising voices and Bobby’s abs steal the show on The Voice SA.

Nine exciting new voices were chosen by The Voice SA coaches on Sunday to join their teams, which are fast becoming a melting pot of some of South Africa’s most varied and diverse singing talent. The second of seven Blind audition episodes saw coaches Karen Zoid, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Lira and Kahn Morbee fighting over some unique talent as they heard everything from classical music to deconstructed pop songs.

The highlight of the show, however, came right at the very end, when coach – and heartthrob Afrikaans pop star – Bobby showed off his wash board abs to the clearly-smitten Lana Crowster, who was so overcome by the gesture that she feigned fainting on stage in front of the entire studio audience! 

Lana, 28, from Cape Town - a freelance performer, music educator, and vocal coach who has also been doing back-up vocals for the likes of Arno Carstens, Toya Delazy and Josh Groban - was the only singer Bobby added to his team on Sunday. Likewise, Lira’s team also grew by one member only. Even though Bobby slammed down his buzzer on the first line of Austin Lurring’s rendition of Maroon 5’s Sunday Morning, the 20-year-old AFDA music student from Pietermaritzburg couldn’t say no Lira as he had always dreamt of working with her. 

Parlotones front man Kahn struck it lucky, however, by managing to convince four of the nine incredible singers who received the thumbs-up from the coaches to join his team. They are classically trained opera singer Johan Anker, 24, from Port Elizabeth, as well as the quirky , 27, from Pretoria and soulful Clemour Ngobeni, 23, from Johannesburg, who all chose to be on Team Kahn because he turned his red chair for them first. Furthermore, Kahn’s great pitch to Eden Myrrh from Pietermaritzburg, whom he said “painted pictures with her voice” also worked in his favour. 

One of the three talent who joined Team Karen is 37-year-old vocal coach and music teacher Tulla Eckart from Johannesburg, for whom Karen turned in a flash, not knowing that the voice belonged to someone she knows. Karen and Tulla both attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. The other two additions to her team are Jono Grayson, 23, a sound engineering and music production student from Cape Town and Nontu X, 25, from Empangeni in KZN, whose dad happens to be a music professor. 

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After the first two episodes of The Voice SA, the teams now tally as follows:

  •          Five singers in #TeamKahn: Clemour Ngobeni, Johan Anker, Eden Myrrh, Zé and Prime Zulu.  
  •          Five singers in #TeamKaren: Jono Grayson, Nontu X, Tulla Eckart, Thembeka Mnguni and Marcel de Almeida. 
  •          Three singers in #TeamLira: El Clay, Jeremy Olivier and Austin Lurring. 
  •          Three singers in #Team Bobby: Lana Crowster, Jessica Martins and Mbijana Sibisi. 

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The Voice South Africa is produced for M-Net by AMPN and is sponsored by Dialdirect. Keep an eye on the official website for details about the viewers’ competition, where you could win fantastic prizes courtesy of Samsung.