The third season of The Voice South Africa has kicked off with a bang and coaches Lira, Riana Nel, Riky Rick and Francois Van Coke have already started filling up their teams with some incredibly talented South Africans. As the blind auditions continue, we caught up with Francois Van Coke who opened up to us about his new role on the show.

What do you hope to bring to The Voice South Africa coaching panel this year?

I hope to bring a little bit of an alternative edge to the show and I know that my skills and instinct will help me find and groom some incredibly talented artists.

What does a contestant need to do to essentially convince you to turn your chair?

Everyone on The Voice South Africa can sing – there’s no doubt about that. However, I was looking for something unique and a voice that is versatile and which can keep your attention.

This season promises to be one of the best yet. Why should South Africans watch the show?

It is a real emotional rollercoaster for the coaches and the contestants and I think that will translate to the viewers. There are also some amazing voices to listen to.

The Voice South Africa has been particularly successful. Why do you think audiences are drawn to this show?

There is a lot that viewers at home identify with the show but I think audiences connect with the real emotion behind the show and seeing dreams coming true.

Other than the show, what else can fans expect from you this year?

I am working on a bunch of things. The main thing is my third solo album which I will release before the end of the year. I am doing two big arena shows called ‘Francois Van Coke En Vriende’. The first one is in Cape Town on the 3rd of May at Grand Arena, GrandWest and a second one in Pretoria later this year. I’ve also opened a bar with my Fokofpolisiekar bandmates in Pretoria called FOKOF BAR! I am very excited about 2019!

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