Congratulations on the new gig, Anele! What does this mean for you? 

Well, it means presence, and a natural one at that. Anyone who has worked with me knows how much I love to grow and nurture my talent. As a person who has been in the entertainment industry for a while, I really want newbies to have a soft landing and aside from entertaining, this new hosting gig allows for that. 

As host for such a successful international TV show, what is it that you hope to bring that's different? 

I hope to bring comfort and support, and to act as a nerve reliever for the contestants.  No one is immune from nerves when jumping on stage. Yet, it’s the nerves that actually keep us going back to doing what we do so I need to act as a channel – to make sure the nerves are being directed well. I must make sure that those nerves propel people, and not disable them.  

Shows of this nature are notorious for being time-consuming because they are huge productions. You are quite the busy woman – how do you plan on juggling it all? 

My aim was to take a break from TV until next year.  The break has come to an end prematurely.  But, The Voice SA falls into a space that I have freed up to work on new shows and find some time to rest in-between.  So, there isn’t much of an adjustment, and the little adjustment that there is, I don’t mind it as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  

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We know that you're a BIG fan of The Voice. Will you be rewatching all the episodes as a way of preparing for the hosting role?    

Yes, I’ve been watching the UK, US And Australian versions and it’s nice to re-watch and see how much the show has grown. 

What else goes in to preparing for such a big role? 

A familiarity breeding ground between the coaches and I. We can’t get to know each other on the show, so a lot of lunches and dinners between Riana Nel, Lira, Riky Rick, Francois van Coke and myself. 

Any tips for the contestants?

Work on what makes your voice stand out. In my experience, a voice with character and one that pulls the audience in and tells a story trumps one that is able to hit the highest notes. 

 The Voice South Africa will go on-air from February 2019 on M-Net.