With guitars in hand, hundreds of singing hopefuls stood in windy Port Elizabeth weather yesterday hoping to hit all the right notes before auditioning for The Voice SA.
They flocked in droves to the Beach Hotel in Summerstrand to give it their all for the judging panel, which consisted of M-Net producers.
NMMU law student Simamkele Nqayi said she was nervous before her performance but felt better after her One Night Only audition.
“I love music just as much as I love law. I was the last one to perform in my group which made me even more nervous, but I think I did great because I’ve been singing since I was young,” Nqayi said.
NMMU psychology student Masego Dijoe said: “I’ve got a voice and my voice is my music and I love to express myself through my music.”
Micaela November, of Hankey, who sang All I Could Do Was Cry by Beyonce, said her father had convinced her to audition after she almost backed out due to nerves.
“I heard about the competition from my friend but it was my father who encouraged me to come and try out,” November said.
The Voice SA producer Debby Schulman said it was the first time auditions had come to Port Elizabeth.
“We’ve had a good turnout in our search for outstanding acts,” she said.
Director Darren Hayward said the show had opted for auditions in Port Elizabeth because of the immense talent the city had to offer.
“We found that when we were in Cape Town last year, a lot of the contestants had driven down from Port Elizabeth, but the success of season one also showed we needed to broaden our search,” Hayward said.
“We really want to go out and find outstanding talent wherever we can in the country,” he said.
The auditions were not televised and those who made it through to the next round of auditions in Johannesburg will be notified at a later stage.
The Voice SA will be broadcast on M-Net Channel 101 from January.