It’s become a routine. Every Sunday evening at 17h30, we’re sitting on our couch watching the very first season of The Voice South Africa. Week after week the coaches have been filling up spaces in their teams during the show’s blind auditions. We’ve seen some incredible talent on the show so far and as the teams fill up, the coaches need to only turn their chairs on someone they truly feel would be an asset to their team. However, there are times when the coaches miss out on fantastic talent and last night, viewers couldn’t believe that no one turned for talented singer and vocal coach, Lee Scott.
Lee sang a cover of Labrinth and Emile Sande’s smash hit Beneath Your Beautiful and although the coaches could were impressed with Lee’s performance, neither Kahn Morbee, Lira, Bobby Van Jaarsveld or Karen Zoid pressed their buzzer kicking Lee out of the competition. Fans of the show turned to Twitter to express their disappointment on what has become the biggest upset on the show so far. “The judges properly embarrassed themselves tonight. Raging about how good Lee Scott‘s voice is, BUT NO ONE pushed their button,” one fan said. Another took to the social media platform saying “Perhaps the most shocking decision so far on #TheVoiceSA unbelievable that not one coach turned for Lee Scott.”
Lee is a familiar face in the Afrikaans music industry. He released two albums and has even had his songs played on radio stations in Europe. However, despite not being chosen to take part in the reality show, Lee is in good spirits. “My journey on The Voice SA was short and sweet and without a doubt one of the best things I have ever done,” Lee said. “This was an experience of a lifetime. I have never been treated with so much respect by the Directors, Producers and the whole crew of the show. I speak on behalf of all the contestants if I say how professional this whole production is. I was treated like the star I’m striving to be.”
Naturally, being rejected on live television is tough for anyone to go through; however, Lee is holding his head up high and believes that everything happens for a reason. “Truth be told, there is nothing worse than being rejected on national television but there is always an upside to anything negative,” he said shortly after his audition was broadcast last night. “It was such a pleasure and honour auditioning in front of four of our countries talented and most professional artists. They are a force to be reckoned with and to have an opportunity to share my voice with them was a pleasure, regardless of not making it to the next round. The talent that South Africa is producing on The Voice is of international standard and they are all unbelievably talented. I salute you all.”
Like Lee said, there is an upside to anything negative and we’re so excited to hear some new music from him soon. While we won’t be following his journey on live television, we will definitely be doing so via social media. We wish you the very best on the road ahead, Lee!