To her fellow coaches’ delight – and excitement of the remaining talent at this week’s Blind Auditions - a completely unexpected move from coach LIRA prompted The Voice SA producers to add another spot to each of the four teams. Instead of mentoring twelve vocalists, rapper and music producer Ricky Rick, Afro-soul songbird LIRA, singer-songwriter Riana Nel and rocker Francois van Coke will now all take thirteen incredibly talented singers to the next round of the competition - the brand new Knockouts.
Even though both LIRA and Riana’s teams were choc-a-bloc after last week’s Blind Auditions, the first act of the evening, 32-year-old Corneil Muller from Bloemfontein performing the “Anthem” from the musical “Chess”, touched LIRA so deeply that she couldn’t help but pressing the red “yes” button. When her chair turned around, leaving her fellow coaches in shock, she realised the implications of transgressing the rules -- and panicked! Luckily, the producers acknowledged her passion and allowed her to add Corneil to #TeamLIRA. To be fair, every one of the other coaches was granted an extra chair-turn as well, which instantly increased the remaining chances on The Voice SA Season 3 to five more spots. And, to make sure that LIRA doesn’t break the rules again, The Voice SA team double-checked that her chair was deactivated.
#TeamVanCoke won the next talent, PJ Nel (41) from Pretoria who was once fired by his boss to force him to pursue a career in music and has been following his dream for the past 18 years. Then, Anslin Gysman (22), a payroll officer and backing vocalist from Kuilsriver, surprisingly chose coach Francois after Riana Nel turned for him almost immediately, followed by coach Riky.
Tye Platinum (33) from Ravensmead performed a rousing rendition of the Ringo Madlingozi classic “Sondela”, which added him to #TeamRiky, whereafter Riana’s last spot went to a 26-year-old industrial designer from Pretoria called Elisha James, who took to the stage with Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River”.
“Someone better pull out magic now,” Riky noted as he still had one space to fill. He was fortunate to get the 24-year-old singing waitron from Cape Town, Nikita Williams, who blew him away with Lady Gaga’s “You And I”. “Save the best for last!” Riky commented happily.
With all four of the coaches’ teams now full, The Voice South Africa changes things up again next week, going straight into KnockOut rounds which boasts a brand new format and a world first for The Voice!
Here are the full teams going into the KnockOut rounds:
Joel Zuma, Keanu Harker, Amy Tjasink, Joshua Parker, Sabelo Mthembu, Christiaan Baartman, Morgan Beesley, Katlego Makgotlwe, Aura, Eon Claude le Roux,Skumbuzo Ndaba, Tye Platinum, Nikita Williams.
Ross Charles, Petro De Villiers, Mo George, Krista Jonas, Rayleen Padayachee, Lora Joplin, Nicky van Niekerk, Yahto Craft, Slindo Zondo, Carmen Basson, Sbu Dludlu, The PJ Twins, Corneil Muller.
Greunen Parker, Lelo Ramasimong, Felicia Seoehle, Verona Goslett, Siki Jo-Ann Owazi, Francois Viljoen, Ilan van Staden, Shane Sonkind, Wade Bezuidenhout, Vuyisile Mdlophane, Layla Sky, Soné Joubert, Elisha James.
Sade Ross, Tasché Burger, Chezelle Shahadat, Richard Barnard, Matthew Reid, Mia Malherbe, Ashur Petersen, Khokho Madlala, Itu Sings, Daniel Jay, Emil Paul, PJ Nel, Anslin Gysman.
The Voice South Africa premieres on M-Net 101 on Sunday at 17:30 and is repeated on VUZU, Channel 116, on Mondays at 20:00. It also available on DStv Catch Up.