The first season of The Voice South Africa was a massive hit with audiences all across the country. In fact, not only did winner Richard Stirton top the local iTunes charts with his debut single ‘What Hurts Me The Most’, but runner-up Gavin Edwards did the same with his debut single ‘Sparks’. The season saw 10 contestants being signed to Universal Music South Africa and now, M-Net is doing it all over again!

Want to be a part of the show’s second season? The Voice South Africa is looking for exceptional talent with a unique sound and solo singers as well as duos from any musical background are encouraged to enter. Even though you have to be 18 years old on the day of your audition, there is no upper age-limit. You need to be a South African citizen or permanent resident, however, and will have to sign a document stating that you don’t have an existing contract with any recording company.

Auditions for the next season of The Voice South Africa start next month and this time, Port Elizabeth will also be able to showcase their talents. Auditions start in the windy city on Wednesday, 12 October at The Beach Hotel on Marine Drive. Thereafter, it’s Cape Town’s turn, at Belmont Square in Rondebosch, on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October, while Durban’s singers can have their voices heard on Wednesday, 19 October, at the Growth Point Kings Park Stadium. The final stop will be in the City of Gold on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October at Sasani Studios in Balfour Park.

These will be the first set of auditions where contestants will perform to an anonymous panel of music experts, proving that they have the vocal prowess to perform on-screen at the show’s famous ‘Blind Auditions’. Once chosen, the contestants will be able to perform for the four coaches on television in the hopes of grabbing a coveted spot on the coaches’ team.

Don’t live in one of Mzansi’s major cities? M-Net will also allow online entries. Details about these submissions are available on www.mnet.tv/thevoice. M-Net recommends that anyone entering must bear in mind that there might be long queues at the audition venues. The earlier you come, the better, but take the weather into account too. Bring essentials such as your ID, an umbrella, sunscreen and enough hydration to ensure that you stay cool and fresh for your audition.

“In The Voice SA it’s indeed all about quality,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “Right from the start, there’s no doubt that every single person on this proudly South African show can sing. The question is whether or not the coaches want them in their team and believe that they can take them all the way to the top. The phenomenal talent from The Voice SA Season 1 has set the bar incredibly high, and we are looking forward to opening doors for more fantastic talent who deserve to become household names.”

M-Net will broadcast the second season of The Voice South Africa in January 2017 and has hinted that there may be a shake-up in the coaches’ line-up after confirming that they will make the names of the coaches public at a later stage.

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