FAQs: The Voice SA Season 2

18 January 2017
Everything you need to know about the second Season of the show.

The second season of The Voice SA is returning to M-Net for a second season and if you have any questions, read below to see if it hasn't been answered already:

1. What is The Voice SA?

The Voice South Africa is a reality singing competition that provides a platform for singers of all backgrounds to launch their musical careers, and to be mentored by some of the most successful recording artists in South Africa. In Season 1 of The Voice South Africa, ten singers received recording contracts with Universal Music South Africa, and a number of the talent on the show all had singles charting on South African iTunes. Winner Richard Stirton and runner-up Gavin Edwards each had singles in the #1 spot on the iTunes charts for consecutive weeks.

2. How does the competition work?

Singers are shortlisted from the country-wide public auditions, which are not filmed for television broadcast, by a selection committee comprising a team of musical experts. Once the selection committee has chosen the successful candidates, there will be four on-screen rounds to the competition during Season 2 of The Voice SA:

a) “Blind auditions”: Four coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, listen to the singers from chairs that are turned away from the stage so as to avoid seeing the performers. If a coach likes what they hear, they press a button to rotate their chairs towards the stage, signifying that they are interested in working with the singer. If more than one coach presses their button, the singer chooses the coach he or she wants to work with. The blind auditions end when each coach has a set number of contestants to work with.

b) "Battle Rounds": each coach pairs two of his or her team members to perform one song together, then chooses one to advance in the competition.

c) “Knock-Outs”: The singers who advance through the Battles phase will sing a song of their choice in a performance against another team member of their coach’s choices, after which the coach will decide who advances to the final round of the competition.

d) “Live shows”: Contestants then perform in the Live Shows where the voting public determines their fate. The ultimate goal is to be voted the winner of The Voice South Africa!

3. What is the difference between The Voice and other reality singing competitions like Idols and The X Factor?

The Voice is the only singing competition where a panel of four professional recording artists act as coaches to the singers. The contestants receive guidance and mentorship from these coaches throughout the competition.

4. How will The Voice SA Season 2 be different to season 1?

The Voice SA Season 2 will keep all of the best features of Season 1, but will add an extra stage in the progression of the show, allowing talent to potentially stay in the competition for longer. There will be four stages in total: Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, Knock-Out Rounds and the Live shows.

The Voice SA Season 2 will also have more episodes than the first season.

5. Who should enter The Voice SA?

Any person with an exceptional singing voice, who is over the age of 18 and is a South African citizen or resident, may enter. Duos may also enter the show. You may not enter The Voice SA if you already have an existing recording contract with any record label.

6. Will the contestants in The Voice do pop music only, or is there room for different music genres?

The Voice SA will cover all music genres.

7. If people entered as a duo, will both of them go through to the next round? Or will one singer be chosen only? What are the rules pertaining to duos?

If you make it through to the Blind auditions as a duo act, you will remain a duo throughout the competition. The coaches cannot split a duo in the competition.

8. May I enter if I previously had a recording contract?

Yes, you may enter if you have previously had a recording contract. You may not enter if you are currently in a recording contract with a record label, however.

9. Will the auditions be screened on television?

The nationwide open auditions will not be screened on television. The television show starts with the “Blind Auditions” when the best singers only will perform for the four coaches.

10. What will the winner get?

The full winner’s prize package will be announced at a later stage.

11. When and where will the show be screened?

The show will air on M-Net Channel 101 from Sunday January 29, 2017.

12. Is there a place where I can read all the terms of conditions/rules for entering the show?

You can find all of the Ts & Cs on www.mnet.tv/thevoice

13. Who will the coaches be?

The coaches will be the same ones we had on Season 1; Bobby Van Jaarsveld, Kahn Morbee, Lira and Karen Zoid.

14. Who will the presenter be?

The presenter will be Lungile Radu and Stacey Norman as V-Reporter.

15. When will the show air on TV and on which channels?

For Premium subscribers, the show will be on  M-Net 101 Sundays at 17:30 to 19:00 from 29 January to 09 July 2017. Compact subscribers can watch it on M-Net City Mondays at 18:00 to 19:30. On Sundays you can also watch the show on DStv Channel M-Net 901, Sundays 18:30 to 20:00. 

16. When will the show repeat?

The show repeats on M-Net 101 on Mondays at 14:00.

17. When will the season finale air on TV?

The season finale will be simulcast on M-Net DStv Channel 101 and on M-Net City on Sunday, 9 July at a time yet to be confirmed.

JoinThe Voice SA conversation on “The Voice SA” Facebook page, via Twitter on @VoiceSA and @VoiceSA on Instagram using #TheVoiceSA, #TeamBobby, #TeamLira, #TeamKahn and #TeamKaren hashtags. The Voice South Africa is produced for M-Net by AMPN and sponsored by Dialdirect.