Johannesburg – TV critics and advertisers are already calling The Voice SA “M-Net's new Game of Thrones”.
The local version of the singing reality show, which is expected to draw in a large number of viewers, will start on M-Net (DStv 101) early in 2016, the pay-TV broadcaster announced on Wednesday.
South Africa is now the 60th country in the world to make a local version of The Voice.
It doesn't mean the end of Idols though. Currently in its 11th season on M-Net and Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) the original singing reality show has been renewed for a 12th season in 2016.
“As we approach our 30th anniversary, I'm thrilled to share with you of a major new series we will bring to M-Net in 2016, The Voice SA, exclusive to channel 101,” Yolisa Phahle, M-Net South Africa CEO told the packed crowd of TV critics and ad buyers at M-Net and DStv Media Sales' content showcase.
“It's the most successful talent reality show in the world and I think it's the perfect show to take M-Net into its next 30 years,” said Yolisa Phahle.
"Sunday nights are going to be a whole lot more magical from next year."
Kahn Morbee kicks of the entertainment with #MNet and @dstvzaA photo posted by Channel24 (@channel24_sa) on Aug 12, 2015 at 7:59am PDT
Kahn Morbee kicks of the entertainment with #MNet and @dstvza
A photo posted by Channel24 (@channel24_sa) on Aug 12, 2015 at 7:59am PDT
A surprise performance by Khan Morbee:
Behind her a black curtain parted to the sides to reveal one of the iconic red swivel chairs used in the show. Seated in the chair - Kahn Morbee of The Parlotones who then got up and belted out a song for the audience in a magical moment.
"With its impeccable international track record and blend of undiscovered talent, star power and spectacular sets, it's the perfect fit for a channel that puts a high premium on great family entertainment," said Yolisa Phahle.
"A show of this magnitude is also a fantastic platform for some of our biggest local recording artists. Apart from the panel of four coaches, several guest coaches will also make guest appearances to hone our talent."
The names of the four South African coaches who will dedicate themselves to developing the singers in their team mentally, musically and technically, will be announced later this year.
Entries for The Voice SA is open for any South African older than 18, and there's no upper age cut-off. Open auditions will be held in South Africa's biggest cities. Singers will also be able to submit a song online for a possible "fast track" to the front of the audition queues.
M-Net will announce the prize package, the audition dates and venues in early September.
Testing out #TheVoice chair #MNetA photo posted by Channel24 (@channel24_sa) on Aug 12, 2015 at 8:14am PDT
Testing out #TheVoice chair #MNet
A photo posted by Channel24 (@channel24_sa) on Aug 12, 2015 at 8:14am PDT
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