‘PE Express’ shares ‘The Voice SA’ experience

2019-07-10 06:00
From left are musicians Demi Lee Moore, Riana Nel and Jo Black.     Photo:tanya van zyl

From left are musicians Demi Lee Moore, Riana Nel and Jo Black. Photo:tanya van zyl

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TWO of the finalists hailed from Port Elizabeth – Eon le Roux and the “African princess” Siki Jo-An – but it was the rocker Tasché Burger, from the Mother City, who took the title as the winner of the electrifying third season of The Voice South Africa.

Van Zyl, who rubbed shoulders with the “who’s who” of the entertainment industry, shares her experience with PE Express readers.

What was your first reaction when entering The Voice South Africa’s auditorium?

Wow, it is a lot bigger than it looks on TV!

You had the chance to meet many well-known artists, which one stood out for you and why?

Francois van Coke. He is such a humble guy and deeply invested in his talent, Tasché Burger.

He even got emotional during the press conference when he spoke about how proud he was of Tasché. He is very down to earth and even gave me a hug after talking to him!

Who was your favourite finalist and why?

I had two favourites – Siki Jo-An Qwazi and Tasché. Both of them are so talented and versatile and just had that star quality.

Siki Jo-An and Eon le Roux, the finalists from Port Elizabeth, were brilliant. What were their reactions when they heard that the PE Express attended the finals?

They were very happy to know that their hometown was represented at The Voice SA finale and they were just so appreciative of all the support from back home. Eon told the PE Express that he misses home and could not wait to get back home to his mom’s cooking.

Will they perform in the Bay sometime this year?

Siki Jo-An has been booked out for shows until the end of the year – she is already in high demand. But I’m not sure whether one of these shows will be in PE. Eon, on the other hand, said he would love to perform in PE and said he is open to being booked for shows.

What did you think of the winner, Tasché Burger?

She is such a fun spirit. Also very down to earth and has a bubbly personality. And she has an infectious laugh; and of course, she is very talented and a deserving winner.

S o me of South Africa’s reno wned artists performed with the finalists; which performance was your favourite?

Two performances stood out for me. Soné Joubert and the legendary Laurika Rauch singing Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux and Tasché singing Toe Vind Ek Jou with Francois van Coke. I had goose bumps all over.

What happens behind the scenes during the breaks?

The stage is set up for the next performance, while the coaches’ make-up gets retouched. And comedian, Chris Forest, entertained the crowd along with Sibusiso Sidu, the floor manager, who was just as funny. He repeatedly had to chase Francois van Coke and Riky Rick back to their chairs just before the live show resumed.

The We Will Rock You opening was pre-recorded about 30 minutes before the live show started – this was so that the audience could also be involved in the production. They needed to record the sound and visuals prior to going live, because it still had to be edited. We probably did this about five or six times!

Is the quality of sound better in the auditorium than on television?

You would think the sound is better on television, but honestly, I think it sounds better live! It sounds more real and authentic – and the vibe and atmosphere can only be experienced live.

Who were the celebrities you met on the red carpet? Do they look different in person?

There were so many celebrities, it was hard to keep up. But Derek Watts is much taller than I originally thought, Jo Black is more handsome in person (even under all that beard) and Riana Nel is absolutely beautiful. I even got to share a (very early) ride back to the OR Tambo airport with Ewan Strydom (former presenter on Expresso on SABC3) – even at 04:00 in the morning he looks good . . .

At the cocktail party after the winner was announced, did the celebs mingle with the public and media present?

Yes they did. They were very open to having their photos taken with fans and the media.

What was the one moment of the whole experience you will always cherish?

For me it was the whole production – to physically see how much work and planning goes on behind-the-scenes into creating the show. It really was a once-in-a-lifetime ex­perience.

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