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21 Conniving Castaways To Create Fireworks On M-Net’s Survivor SA: Island Of Secrets

One of them happens to be Mrs Cape Town 2018!

Once South Africa’s first Bachelor has found “the one” on M-Net channel 101, the much-awaited new season of Survivor South Africa will roll into the channel’s popular Thursday night local productions slot at 19:00. Set in the beautiful Samoa, and spiced with all kinds of never-seen-before curveballs, twists and turns, Survivor SA: Island of Secrets will hit our screens on Thursday, 16 May 2019.

While M-Net and production company Afrokaans remain tight-lipped about what exactly this mysterious Island of Secrets will reveal, they have lifted the lid a little on the castaways. This season, a diverse group of 21 strong-willed individuals who believe they know the ins and outs of the greatest game on earth will be facing the harsh elements of Mother Nature – and even harsher mind games of their tenacious opponents, who all want to be the Ultimate Survivor.

Soon, South Africa will get an unusual first glimpse of these contenders. Eight of the castaways from Survivor SA: Island of Secrets will feature on a variety of advertising billboards that will start appearing throughout the country on Wednesday, 17 April.

One of the faces South Africans will see on a billboard belongs to a beautiful blonde mother of two, Lee-Anne van Renen, who interrupted her duties as reigning Mrs Cape Town 2018 to prove that her grit and resilience match her looks.

Lee-Anne is bent on tearing up those stereotypical beauty queen labels. She’s married to the bassist of the band Taxi Violence, holds an honours degree in Psychology, obtained five distinctions in matric, captained the KZN action netball team, counsels drug addicts and traumatised teens, and has survived several personal tragedies, including a cancer scare and double miscarriage. At first glance she may come across as sweet and kind-hearted – and she is – but there’s a whole lot more to her. She has a spirit of steel. A mere month after the trauma of losing her twins, she completed the 947 cycle race.

As Lee-Anne pours her heart into NGOs making a difference in informal settlements like Zwellenemba in Worcester, she says she entered Survivor SA not only to win, “but also to step into the shoes of those who have absolutely nothing; no bed, no food, no warmth, no shelter”. While she revels in deconstructing stigmas and stereotypes, she will happily act them out to deceive the other castaways. “My strategy is to kill them with kindness,” she smiles.

Lani Lombard, M-Net’s Head of Publicity, said of the show: “We handpicked fascinating, multi-faceted personalities from a variety of professions and age groups who are not all they seem to be on the surface. It’s going to be a social experiment of note to observe how they manoeuvre through the conflicts that are bound to arise.”

The castaways on the billboards will be confirmed shortly, while the rest will be revealed closer to the first episode.

For the latest updates on Survivor SA: Island of Secrets, go to mnet.tv/survivorsa You can also be part of the conversation on Twitter – especially if you spot some of the billboards – using #SurvivorSA.

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Eighth And Final Season Of The Multi-award Winning ‘Game Of Thrones’ Starts On M-Net 101 This Week

Winter is Here

Every battle, betrayal, alliance and risk, every fight, sacrifice and death has all been #ForTheThrone. The epic worldwide phenomenon Game of Thrones has culminated in a breath-taking conclusion – and M-Net channel 101 is bringing you the stunning final season. With just days to go until the exciting six-part finale, M-Net in partnership with Nu Metro will also be hosting screenings for the premiere episode (episode 1 only) at select cinemas in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban live at 03:00 on Monday, 15 April 2019.

Die-hard fans who won the competition will be notified this week, and are in for one-of-a-kind Thrones experience: these lucky viewers will be dressing in their Westeros best as outstanding GOT outfits and costumes will be rewarded with cool prizes at the screenings. Dedicated couch potatoes can catch the premiere episode at 03:00 on M-Net channel 101 on DStv, or in prime time on the same day at 22:00 and – wait, there’s more – this season will also be available on Showmax at 22:00 alongside M-Net 101. With all the bases covered there’ll be no missing out on the biggest series finale of the year.

Fans who are as vigilant as The Night’s Watch should pay close attention to the channel from tonight, Wednesday 10 April during Prime Time: the channel will be counting down the days by changing up the classic M-Net logo (on the top left corner of the television screen) up until the premiere of the season.

The multi-award winning series’ episode durations have also been confirmed for the final six episodes*:

  • Season 8, episode 1 : Monday, 15 April 03:00 estimated running time 0:54
  • Season 8, episode 2 : Monday, 22 April at 03:00 estimated running time: 0:58
  • Season 8, episode 3: Monday, 29 April at 03:00 estimated running time: 1:22
  • Season 8, episode 4: Monday, 6 May at 03:00 estimated running time: 1:18
  • Season 8, episode 5: Monday, 13 May at 03:00 estimated running time: 1:20
  • Season 8, episode 6: Monday, 20 May at 03:00 estimated running time: 1:20

*Durations are subject to change

Directors for the eighth season include: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik and writers for the final season include: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

Follow the GOT conversation on M-Net’s Twitter or Facebook pages, and on Nu Metro’s Twitter or Facebook with the hashtags #MNet101 #GameOfThrones #NuMetro. Go to mnet.tv for more information. If you’re still behind on the biggest series of the decade, there’s still time to catch seasons 1-7 on Showmax.

From King’s Landing to Dorne, from North of the Wall to Winterfell, the Seven Kingdoms are preparing for war.

How far will you go #ForTheThrone?

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M-Net’s Magic In Motion Academy Continues To Empower Film And Television Students

M-Net’s Magic In Motion (MIM) Academy is celebrating 13 film and television graduates at today’s fifth graduation for the Academy.

Higher Education Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela who attended the event as the guest of honour, acknowledged the success of the students and the commitment of the MIM Academy.

“The impact that this programme has had on these graduates is invaluable. Over the past five years, this programme has provided a gateway to the film and television industry for a significant number of students. The film and television industry is a big contributor to our economy and these graduates are now able to tell our stories that can reach all corners of the world” says Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela.

“We recognise that the global television industry is evolving, and we need to empower a new generation of young professionals. This internship gives the most talented creatives work experience with the leading production companies and culminates with the production of movies that are scheduled on Mzansi Magic and seen by millions. Our interns graduate with a CV that sets them up to find work – we are committed to training and job creation” says MultiChoice General Entertainment CEO Yolisa Phahle.”

Founded in 2014 and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bobby Heaney, the MIM Academy focuses on transforming the South African film and TV industry by upskilling film graduates, empowering them with the necessary knowledge and experience that they will require to start their careers and successfully transform the video-entertainment industry in South Africa. To date, 44 interns have graduated from the programme, 12 films have been produced and 60% of the class of 2017 interns are employed.

This year, the graduates were taken through an intensive 12-month internship where their tertiary education was supplemented by hands-on practical training. They were mentored by industry experts from some of the country’s most respected production houses and worked on various exciting productions. Production partners played an influential role in ensuring that the graduates were exposed to all facets of the production process and ensured inclusion on a variety of sets.

“The class of 2018 has been incredibly dedicated, having produced 4 movies of exceptional quality for Mzansi Channels including Hawe Ma! and Umdlalo wempilo. We look forward to their contribution to the industry” said Bobby.

“Beyond entertainment, its rewarding to see how, through our investments in infrastructure, technology and empowerment initiatives, we harness the emerging talent of the youth and set them up to achieve their goals. By the end of their time with us in April, they will have produced four movies for broadcast in prime-time on Mzansi Magic, said Yolisa”.

MultiChoice is extremely proud of the Class of 2018.

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M-Net 101 brings Controversial Documentary Leaving Neverland to Southern African Screens This Weekend

M-Net has acquired the rights to broadcast the much-debated two-part documentary Leaving Neverland, and DStv customers across Southern Africa don’t have to wait long to see why this Channel 4 and HBO co-production has taken the world by storm. Just over a week after its controversial premiere in the US at the recent Sundance Film Festival, Leaving Neverland will be screened across two days on M-Net 101 this coming weekend.

MJ and Wade

Part one will be on M-Net 101 on Friday, 15 March at 21:00, while part 2 will follow on Saturday, 16 March at 21:00.

To accommodate these screenings, M-Net will schedule double episodes of the popular reality show America’s Got Talent: Champions at 18:00 and 19:00, the season finale of A Million Little Things will now air an hour earlier at 20:00, on Friday, 15 March. Then, on Saturday, 16 March an episode of Sky 1’s Carnage season 1 will be scheduled at 17:30, The Kids are Alright at 18:30, American Housewife at 19:00, Murphy Brown at 19:30, Riverdale at 20:00 and the Saturday night movie Death Wish has been replaced by part two of Leaving Neverland.

Directed and produced by five-time BAFTA-winner Dan Reed, the four-hour long Leaving Neverland unpacks the story of two individuals: James Safechuck and Wade Robson, now-adult men in their 30s, who befriended Jackson at the ages of ten and seven respectively. Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck and Robson, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, Leaving Neverland crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, and explores the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had a young son of their own. Playing out against the backdrop of our collective experience, the film documents the value of breaking silence, even when it implicates a powerful and revered figure.

“Bringing Leaving Neverland to Southern African screens is testament to the fact that M-Net brings the most compelling content to the continent as quickly as possible,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “Please note, however, that documentary is not suitable for younger viewers as it contains strong language, discussions of self-harm and graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse.”

Among the line-up of channels which have already acquired the documentary are Network Ten Australia, DR Denmark, VPRO Netherlands, SVT Sweden, ProSieben Germany, Channel One Russia, VRT Belgium, NRK Norway, TVNZ New Zealand, Discovery Italy, DBS Israel, Amedia Russia, YLE Finland, Fox Asia, Front Row Middle East, RUV Iceland, M6 France, HBO Latin America, HBO Portugal and Movistar + in Spain and HBO CEE. Additionally, there are a considerable number of deals which are currently in the final stages of negotiation.

Leaving Neverland premieres on M-Net channel 101 on DStv with part one on Friday, 15 March at 21:00, and part two on Saturday, 16 March at 21:00. Please note that the EPG may take a while to reflect the aforementioned updates.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @MNet (#MNet101 #LeavingNeverland)

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The Ladies Keep “Falling” For Lee On The Bachelor SA

Group dates, one-on-ones, cocktail parties, rose ceremonies.

Bitchy comments, green-eyed monsters, clashing personalities, gorgeous competition. It’s only episode three, but it all seems way too much to handle for the ladies of South Africa’s Bachelor Mansion. Yes, they are really “falling” for handsome Bachelor Lee!

In last week’s edition of The Bachelor SA, blonde bombshell Chanieel took a dive during the rose ceremony and this week feisty sports coach Thenji raised some eyebrows with a dramatic drop. With stress levels and emotions already running high, the girls immediately questioned “the Thenji situation”. Was she really ill, or just faking it? Confused and annoyed, Jozaan asked if it was an attention-seeking move. Edith also didn’t approve: “Do I need to faint at the next cocktail party? I just feel like it’s becoming a bit redundant”.

But the dizzy spell at the rose ceremony wasn’t the most dramatic part of the evening. Lee had 14 roses to hand out to the beautiful belles he’d like to continue his journey of love with, meaning he had to potentially break three hearts. 29-year-old Financial Accountant Annalene, 24-year-old sports coach Thenji and 30-year-old Sales Executive Kerry, were left empty handed. Feeling hurt and blindsided, Annalene’s last words to Lee were scathing. “Was it all bullshit?” she asked. Thenji also fiercely departed with “bye bitches”, aimed at the ladies.

Clearly, the ladies are becoming more invested in the quest for true love and winning over Lee’s heart.

This week viewers also saw Lee taking city girl and lawyer Edith on an adventurous date with nature to Hartebeespoort where they enjoyed a scenic view along the aerial cableway, followed by strawberry picking and a romantic picnic in the countryside. The two enjoyed an afternoon of laughter and romance and in the end, Edith not only took home a rose but Lee’s cap too – much to the envy of the other girls.

Invited to the group date were Gina, Michelle.D, Kim, America, Nontombi, Chanieel, Michelle.R and Jozaan – leaving Jacqueline very upset and rejected for not being chosen again. “This is not fair,” she cried. The ladies competed in an intense water obstacle challenge, with commentary by host Jason Greer, all in an effort to win alone time with Lee. Kite surfing, water skiing and water polo lover Kim won the challenge hands down! Thereafter Kim and Lee spent the afternoon braai’ing and getting to know each other better – a lot better! The two shared a steamy kiss.

The Bachelor SA is screened on M-Net Channel 101 every Thursday evening at 19:00 and is also available on Catch-Up. Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/thebachelorsa and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #TheBachelorSA and on the official M-Net Facebook page.

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by dotsure.co.za, a product of Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited (FSP 39925) and Oakhurst Life (FSP 44793), authorised financial services providers.

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 3 March 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 3 March 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

The Fightback Against Cable Theft

Frustrated with random power outages? Stranded, without phone connections or transport? Finally, crack investigators have real tools to fight back and bring cable theft criminals to book. The crime trend of cable theft borders on sabotage, as it targets copper cables from essential infrastructure such as power lines and communication networks. Highly organised syndicates rake in millions of Rands in this illicit trade. Carte Blanche meets law enforcers who are now able to take back the turf effectively, as new legislation ensures punishment that fits the crime, with sentences exceeding those for murder, for those caught stealing or selling stolen copper cables.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

The Mad 4 Waves Atlantic Challenge

Fewer people have rowed across the Atlantic than have reached the summit of Everest, journeyed to the North Pole or ventured into space. In a 38- to 50-day, 5000km challenge where experience is everything, the Mad 4 Waves rowing team – four 22-year old university friends – have become the youngest four-man team to row unaided across the Atlantic, even setting a World Record. Carte Blanche meets the youngsters who didn’t shrink back from one of the toughest challenges on the planet.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: Derek Watts

Inside South African Zoos

Zoos are popular facilities where wild animals are locked up in cages and behind glass displays for public entertainment and education. But increasingly international conservation experts are questioning the usefulness and ethics of keeping these animals in captivity. In South Africa, there have been rising reports of animal cruelty in zoos, as municipalities struggle to manage them effectively. Carte Blanche goes inside some of the country’s most controversial menageries.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Drug Lessons from Lisbon

After decades of exposing South Africans’ struggle with drugs and related crime hotspots, Carte Blanche travels to Portugal where a radical policy of decriminalising the use and possession of all drugs has been tested for 18 years and has yielded extraordinary results. With a marked reduction in addiction, overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime, we ask could SA take this proven route?

Producer & Presenter: John Webb

Line-ups are subject to change. Stories can be viewed at www.carteblanche.co.za.

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Sink Or Swim On The Bachelor SA

The Bachelor SA | Season 1 | Episode 3
Thursday, 28 February 2019 |19:00 | M-Net Channel 101

Tension mounts for the 17 remaining ladies on M-Net’s hit reality dating show, The Bachelor SA, which follows local heartthrob Lee Thompson on his quest for true love. The bevy of beauties will stop at nothing to try and wangle some alone time and validation from the man of their dreams.

A chic city girl is invited by Lee to Hartebeespoortdam for a special one-on-one date with nature. He plans a scenic “adventure with a view” on the Harties cableway, followed by strawberry picking and a romantic picnic in the countryside. Can she connect with nature and prove to Lee that there’s more to her than meets the eye?

Then, the rest of the girls in the house are paid a visit by host Jason Greer, who brings along the next coveted date card! Jacqueline feels as if she is the only girl who hasn’t been invited on a date yet, and with only eight spaces on offer, she is desperate for an opportunity to get cozy with Lee. This is no ordinary group date, though. The girls will be competing in a water obstacle course. The prize? Alone time with Lee. First rule: play fair.

Last week saw Chanieel take a dive at the rose ceremony and this week another lovely lady struggles to keep it together. Is the pressure too much, or is it an attention-seeking ploy?

Two weeks into the search for true love, Lee has connected on a profound level with some of the beauties. They know by now they must make alone time count. There are only 14 roses left for the rose ceremony. Three ladies must say goodbye. Tune in to share in the emotion and drama.

The Bachelor SA is screened on M-Net Channel 101 every Thursday evening at 19:00 and is also available on Catch-Up. Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/thebachelorsa and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #TheBachelorSA and on the official M-Net Facebook page.

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by dotsure.co.za , a product of Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited (FSP 39925) and Oakhurst Life (FSP 44793), authorised financial services providers.

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M-Net Reveals Location For Next Season Of Survivor South Africa

Survivor SA: Island of Secrets is set in breathtaking Samoa

After the massive success of last season’s Survivor South Africa: Philippines – it drew a large viewership and was nominated for SAFTA awards for best local version of an international format and Best Presenter – speculation has been rife about where the next edition Island of Secrets will play out.

The fans who guessed Fiji, following some hints from M-Net, were wrong – but not too far off the mark!

Survivor South Africa Season 7: Island of Secrets is indeed set in the South Pacific, but on the island of Samoa. Dashing Survivor South Africa host Nico Panagio made the announcement today on a video-reel shot on location, which was shared on social media and on the M-Net website mnet.tv/survivorsa

Nico Panagio

Says Lani Lombard, M-Net’s Head of Pulicity: “Nico has mentioned that filming has started, but for now all further details remain top secret. What we can tell viewers, is that they must be prepared for twists and turns unlike anything they’ve seen on the show before. It’s called Island of Secrets, after all. This group of Survivors consist of strong personalities from diverse backgrounds and age groups. Of course they know the ins and outs of the show. This makes every series more competitive than the ones that came before. They will have to play even harder and more strategically than castaways from previous seasons if they wish to go all the way. ”

Survivor SA Season 7 starts on M-Net 101 on 16 May 2019, following The Bachelor South Africa, which took the country by storm last week.

With the recent SAFTA nominations, M-Net proved once again that it stands out from the crowd when it comes to local versions of big international formats. The channel made a clean sweep in this category with My Kitchen Rules South Africa Season 2, Dancing With The Stars and Survivor SA: Philippines receiving nominations.

The MultiChoice Group, which M-Net 101 forms part of, also received a record number of nominations, outperforming all other content platforms in South Africa for the second year in a row. Nomination highlights include 1Magic’s telenovela The River with 17 nominations and Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya with nine. Programmes on Afrikaans channel kykNET received a whopping 60 nominations.

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 24 February 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 24 February 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Eskom Woes Continue

Eskom has been teetering on the edge of crisis for years and with the return of scheduled load-shedding, South Africans are fed-up. Without countless recovery plans and billions of rands poured into the power utility to keep it afloat, could the president’s new plan to unbundle Eskom provide the right solutions?

Producer: Mart-Marie Faure
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Siniketiwe Hlanze


Brexit: What It Means for South Africa

The end of March deadline for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union is fast approaching and the interminable and bruising internal debates will give way to real-world impact. About 5% of South African exports go to the United Kingdom and it’s also a major tourist destination so what ramifications will the looming Brexit bring? We analyse how a more insular, weaker Britain might spell hard times for Britain’s trading partners.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Derek Watts and John Webb
Researcher: Tony Beamish

e-Hailing Cab Service Safety

If you’ve ever been left stranded without transport after a late night out or you’ve had to rush to the airport in the early hours of the morning, then you’ll understand why e-hailing cab services have become so popular. They’re fast, convenient and right at your finger-tips. But what happens when a driver turns on the passenger? Kidnapping, assault and rape – these are some of the horror stories from users of the e-hailing cab service which have emerged at the Gauteng High Court. Carte Blanche asks: just how safe are its users?

Producer: Ntokozo Miya
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender


Brainternet

The future of human integrated technology is here as local Wits University engineers find a way to use the human brain to not only communicate with the internet (brainternet), but also transmit words through the brain (brain connect). But how safe is this new invention? Carte Blanche explores the ethical dilemmas of human brains hooking up to the internet, in the not too distant future.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Line-ups are subject to change. Stories can be viewed at www.carteblanche.co.za.

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Finally, A Win For #TeamVanCoke

Coach Francois van Coke won his first 4-chair singer in the exciting third episode of The Voice South Africa Season 3 this Sunday [17 February 2019], doubling #TeamVanCoke’s numbers to two singers!

But with #TeamRiky in the lead with 7 team members, followed by #TeamLIRA and #TeamRiana with 6 each, Francois still has a lot of catching up to do.

First up to impress the coaches this week was 35-year-old Christiaan Baartman, a full-time musician from Pretoria. Accompanying himself on the acoustic guitar, Christiaan performed Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey”, and coach Francois van Coke, who still only had one singer in his team at this point, turned for him immediately. But, as always, he had to go head-to-head with coach Riky Rick and once again, #TeamFrancois lost a potential champion to #TeamRiky.

The Voice SA is all about discovering the best voice, nothing else, and who better to embody that ethos than 64-year-old grandmother Stephne Rose, who wants to use her singing talent to build a better life for the three grandchildren in her care. Granny Rose thrilled the studio audience with the Tom Jones classic “It’s Not Unusual”, but sadly, not one coach turned for her. LIRA gave her a big hug and explained that there’s so much going through a coach’s head in their big red chair, “but I want to tell you, you were exceptional,” she told Granny Rose, and requested a mic to do an impromptu duet encore performance with the gutsy granny.

Rayleen Padayachee (27) from Benoni tried her hand at Alicia Keys’ challenging “If I Ain’t Got You”, and LIRA hit her big red button within the first bar. Coach Riky Rick waited to see how Rayleen handled the high notes before he, too, turned his chair, followed closely by Francois. Francois fought hard for her, but Rayleen threw her lot in with fellow Benonite LIRA. “If I had a tail I would be wagging it!” LIRA gloated happily.

30-year-old Francois Viljoen started his singing career in the Drakensberg Boys Choir as a youngster, and his passionate rendition of the Robbie Williams hit “Feel” earned him the fifth spot on #TeamRiana.

Next up was an 18-year-old Grade 11 schoolgirl, Morgan Beesley, who confided to the cameras how she used to be bullied at school for singing opera and “not fitting in”. But her angelic performance of the “Pie Jesu” from Fauré’s Requiem gave the coaches goosebumps, and Riky Rick was the first to turn for her, followed at the last minute by LIRA. Morgan took a chance on the rapper and became the seventh member of a very diverse #TeamRiky.

Music student Mbali Motha (25) from Soweto hoped for a place on #TeamLIRA or #TeamRiana, but unfortunately not one of the coaches turned for her confident rendition of Malaika’s “Destiny”.

The next performer was a 21-year-old beatboxer from Kempton Park, Jedd Willson, who said he was eager to join #TeamRiky to learn more about hiphop. He performed Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”, expertly accompanied by his own beatboxing and backing vocals, but not one of the coaches turned in time. “This is ‘The Voice’,” Riky Rick explained to the disappointed studio audience. “We’re coming here for voices.”

23-year-old Ilan van Staden from Krugersdorp missed his shot at The Voice SA Season 2 because auditions clashed with his sister’s wedding day. He got to try again this year with Francois van Coke’s own song “Ek Skyn (Heilig)” and both Francois and Riana turned their chairs for him at the very last moment. But then, despite being a devoted Francois van Coke fan since childhood, Ilan chose to be on #TeamRiana. “What must I do?” a frustrated Francois exclaimed. “You’ve got to turn on the charm,” Riky teased him good-naturedly.

Francois had only two more chances to gain a second team member and he turned immediately for 29-year-old Lora Joplin from Port Elizabeth, singing Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black”. But unfortunately for him, so did LIRA. Riky Rick personally took charge of the coaches’ pitches to the singer, but not even that helped Francois as Lora became the sixth member of #TeamLira.

Ending the episode on a high note was 18-year-old Tasché Burger from Brackenfell, singing the Koos Kombuis classic “Lisa Se Klavier”. Francois, LIRA, and Riky turned for her almost immediately, but Tasché really wanted to be #TeamRiana, and she broke into a massive smile of relief when Riana turned at the very last moment. And then she chose to go with #TeamVanCoke, after all! “I feel like I might cry!” Francois admitted as Riky lead the crowd in a chant of “Francois, jou lekker ding!”

So with Francois finally swelling #TeamVanCoke’s ranks to two singers, here’s how each coach’s team stands at the end of Episode 3:

#TeamRiky: Joel Zuma, Keanu Harker, Amy Tjasink, Joshua Parker, Sabelo Mthembu, Christiaan Baartman, Morgan Beesley

#TeamLIRA: Ross Charles, Petro De Villiers, Mo George, Krista Jonas, Rayleen Padayachee, Lora Joplin

#TeamRiana: Lelo Ramasimong, Greunen Parker, Verona Goslett, Siki Jo-Ann Owazi, Francois Viljoen, Ilan van Staden

#TeamVanCoke: Sade Ross, Tasché Burger

Riky Rick is now over the halfway point with only 5 slots out of a possible 12 left on #TeamRiky. LIRA and Riana Nel are both halfway with 6 slots still open, and Francois still has 10 open slots to fill on #TeamVanCoke.

So the pressure on is for the fourth episode of The Voice South Africa next Sunday!

The Voice South Africa premieres on M-Net 101 every Sunday at 17:30 and is repeated on VUZU, Channel 116, on Mondays at 20:00. It also be available on DStv CatchUp.

Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/thevoicesa and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #TheVoiceSA and on the official M-Net Facebook page.

The Voice SA is produced by Blackswanmedia.