Tasché Wins The Voice South Africa

Rock legend Francois van Coke takes his 19-year-old protégé to the top

The beautiful and talented Tasché Burger from Brackenfell in Cape Town is the winner of The Voice South Africa Season 3.

Mere days after celebrating her 19th birthday, Tasché racked up the lion’s share of the votes that were cast during the final week of The Voice SA this week to walk away not only with the title of “The Voice South Africa 2019,” but also a prize package that includes:

  • a Telkom tech bundle with a Huawei P30 Pro, a Tab M5 Lite, a router, and a Hauwei Watch GT, Telkom data, and an Anti-Theft Back Pack
  • Truworths clothing vouchers to the value of R100 000
  • a Toyota RAV4
  • and a recording contract with Universal Music South Africa.

Tasché has been singing since childhood and after matriculating last year she’s been taking singing lessons and waitressing as she started to gig professionally. “Singing always just came naturally to me,” she says. “It’s a hobby, a passion … a love …”

Tasché performed the Afrikaans hit “Lisa Se Klavier” in her Blind Audition and Francois van Coke, LIRA, and Riky Rick turned their chairs for her almost immediately. Riana Nel, who Tasché idolises as a singer-songwriter, let the tension rack up until she, too, succumbed in the final stanza. But Riky Rick cautioned the then-18-year-old against siding with an artist whose career she wants to emulate. And as the studio audience chanted “Francois! Francois!”, Tasché took the momentous decision to become only the second member of #TeamVanCoke. “I feel like crying!” Francois admitted at the time.

Tasché was an audience favourite from the very beginning this season and Francois never took any chances with his young protégé, carefully protecting her in the Safe Zone during his team’s Battle Rounds to guard against a #Steal bid from #TeamRiana.

And tonight it paid off when #TeamVanCoke won the competition with his last #TeamVanCoke Talent still in the game, after a famously slow start at the beginning, when none of the artists that Francois turned his chair for wanted to join #TeamVanCoke.

Tasché was announced the winner at a glitzy event at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg, tonight which was attended by the Who’s Who of the South African entertainment industry, including actress Rolanda Marais, actor and comedian Siv Ngesi, and Carte Blanche legend Derek Watts.

The show opened with a spectacular group performance of the Queen anthem “We Will Rock You” featuring the Talent alongside their four coaches, and the Top 5 Talent each got to perform a duet with their musical idols – the PJ Twin ( 26) performed Luther Vandross’s “Impossible Dream” with Timothy Moloi, Eon Claude le Roux (28) sang Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me” with Caroline-Grace Brüssow, Siki Jo-Ann Qwazi (25) got to sing Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman” with Judith Sephuma, Tasché performed Francois van Coke’s own hit “Toe Vind Ek Jou” with her coach, and Soné Joubert (26) got to live her dream when she sang “Mannetjies Roux” with the one-and-only Laurika Rauch herself. There was also a special guest performance of a “Bitter” and “If I Ever Saw Heaven” medley by #TeamRiana co-coach Jo Black and special guest star Roan Ash.

After Eon Le Roux from PE and The PJ Twins from Brackenfell were the first to leave the competition after their duets, which left the competition an “all-women-affair” in the Top 3. African queen Siki Jo-An was the first to exit thereafter and then Sone Joubert received the news that she was the runner-up.

There were almost 10 million votes cast the course of this season and the voting results were independently computed by Deloitte and Touche.

The Finalé of The Voice South Africa Season 3 will be repeated on VUZU, (DStv 116), on Monday at 20:00. It will also be available on DStv CatchUp. Fans can visit 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.


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 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.


M-Net Makes A Beautiful Noise: The Voice South Africa Is Back And You Can Enter Now


Have you been blessed with the voice of an angel? Can you belt out big songs that elicit standing ovations? Can one hear a pin drop in the audience after you had hit those high notes with perfect pitch?  Then it’s your time to shine!

M-Net confirmed today that The Voice South Africa will return for a third season in early 2019. For those who want to enter the popular feel-good singing contest with its iconic red chairs, there’s no time to waste: Entries opened today and will close in less than a month’s time – on Sunday, 30 September.

“We know that there are many nightingales, crooners, songbirds and rockers out there who are reacting to the news with songs of joy,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “During the past couple of months, our M-Net social media accounts were inundated with direct messages from performers and fans with a burning desire to take part in The Voice South Africa. Now the moment has arrived, with the launch of a new season, and we can’t wait to meet the next group of talent whose vocal artistry will swirl the coaches’ chairs around and launch their musical journeys to stardom.”

Unlike many other television singing competitions, there is no upper age limit for The Voice South Africa. Solo singers and duos may enter and the vocalists can “gooi” it in the genre of their choice – from pop, rock and indie, folk and country to cabaret, opera and blues. The only musical prerequisite is a dazzling vocal quality. But do take note: to be eligible to enter you have to be a South African citizen over the age of 18 with no existing music contract.

This season, there is only one way to enter The Voice South Africa – via the online entry form on the M-Net website. Once you have logged on to, you will go through a quick and easy online audition process. First, you will be asked to fill in a short application form with a few personal questions and thereafter you have to submit a 90-second long video showcasing your vocal talent.

“Don’t fret too much about the visual aspect of your video,” advises Lombard. “Remember, as the name of this worldwide television hit suggests, it’s all about The Voice. The selection team only wants to assess the quality, tone and timbre of your vocal chords and get a sense of your performance skills.”

For the video entry, you have to sing the verse and chorus of any song that will show off your vocal prowess. The song may be performed with or without accompaniment. Please note that live videos in front of audiences, music videos or produced singles and tracks will NOT be allowed.

If your online application is successful, you will be contacted by The Voice SA team for a call-back, and who knows, before you can say “do re mi” you will be on The Voice SA stage performing at Season 3’s exhilarating Blind Auditions. That’s when The Voice SA coaches, four respected and well-known South African musos, listen to the singers, with their iconic red chairs turned away from the stage, basing their decisions purely on what they hear. In order to fill up their teams, the coaches need to turn their chairs and give themselves quite a testimonial to persuade their selected contestant to choose them as a mentor, if more than one coach turns around. From there the lucky coach will guide and train the talent through the various stages of the competition, hoping to produce the next Voice of South Africa.

The winner will receive a recording deal with Universal Music South Africa, as well as some fabulous prizes befitting a show of the calibre of The Voice SA.  Previous winners Richard Stirton and Craig Lucas have both carved out successful careers in the South African music industry with chart-topping singles, while many of the finalists also nabbed recording contracts and even SAMA nominations.

The Voice South Africa forms part of the massively successful international television singing competition franchise owned by Dutch company TALPA. Versions of the show are produced in more than 60 countries.

M-Net will announce the names of the coaches and presenters for The Voice South Africa Season 3 in due course.


The Voice SA Goes On Tour

The Voice SA takes the show on the road!
Some of Season 2’s favourites to tour all over SA.

This year’s spectacular season of The Voice SA captured the attention of the country when Elsies River-based economics graduate Craig Lucas took the winning title in M-Net’s popular singing competition. Craig, along with his fellow talented competitors, racked up thousands of loyal fans along their journey on the series, and now you have the chance to catch them live in your city!

The Voice SA is taking the show on the road with five of this season’s favourite acts including winner Craig Lucas; runner-up Josh Ansley; Queen of Hearts, Caroline Grace; four-chair turner Armand Joubert; and host, funnyman Johan “Fatman” Brummer.

The 90-minute show will take fans through the show’s highlights, lowlights and everything in between. Tickets are selling fast, so book now to relive your favourite moments from The Voice SA season 2, and to enjoy brand new music from The Voice SA Reunited.

Show dates:

  • 16 September – Barnyard Theatre, Vereeniging – Book tickets
  • 17 September – Barnyard Theatre, Cresta – Book tickets
  • 21 September – The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef Casino
  • 23 September – Barnyard Theatre, Rivonia – Book tickets
  • 24 September – The Barnyard at Casterbridge, White River – Book tickets
  • 28 September – Kopanong Auditorium (Kovsies Kerk), Bloemfontein
  • 1 October – Goldfields Casino, Welkom
  • 4 October – Rio Casino, Klerksdorp – For bookings call 018 469 9100
  • 5 October – Aardklop Kyknet Stage, Potchefstroom – Tickets available at gate
  • 6 October – Weiveld, Pretoria – Book tickets
  • 8 October – Barnyard Theatre, Silverstar – Book tickets
  • 27 October – Bravo Lounge, Garden Route Casino, Mossel Bay – Book tickets
  • 28 October – The Barnyard, Plettenberg Bay – Book tickets
  • 29 October – Boardwalk Amphitheatre, Port Elizabeth – Book tickets
  • 11 November – Diemersfontein Wine Estate, Wellington – Tickets opening soon **Please note that Josh Ansley will not be on this performance, but includes special guest from Season 1: Gavin Edwards!

To view the promo on Facebook


The Voice SA Voting Results Revealed

M-Net has kept its promise to release the voting results that turned 24-year-old Craig Lucas from Elsies River into the winner of The Voice South Africa Season 2.

During the final Season 2 voting period (from the end of the show on Sunday 2 July until Wednesday 5 July at 22:00), The Voice SA fans supported their favourite talent in full force with more than 1.67 million votes being cast – a new weekly record for the show. Craig came out tops with 20.18% of these votes ahead of runner-up Josh Ansley’s 16.89%. Nabbing the third and fourth position was a neck-on-neck race for Samantha Leonard and Caroline Grace Brussow. In the end, Samantha secured 15.47% of the votes while 15.09% went to Caroline. The two ladies were chased by Fatman (Johan Brummer), who garnered 14.15% of the votes and followed by PJ Pretorius and Luke Lovemore who respectively bagged 10.70% and 7.52% of the votes.

The vote count and ranking of contestants for each vote period were independently computed by Deloitte & Touche and confirmed against the vote results determined by M-Net. (See attached graph of the final voting results).

M-Net can also confirm that Craig was not linked to any of the paid-for marketing during the season that prompted M-Net to investigate whether there were any abnormalities in the voting.

“The Voice SA has proven to be a phenomenal platform from which to launch the careers of exceptional vocalists and it’s exciting to know that our audience fell in love with Craig’s unique tone and incredible passion for music. There’s a great future ahead of him in the South African music industry,” says M-Net South Africa GM, Nkateko Mbaso.
“We also believe that the intensive training and mentoring that all the finalists received during the course of the competition, from the very best musos in the country, will stand them in good stead. We wish them all the best with their music careers and will continue to support them, wherever possible.”
Good news for fans of Craig is that he will be dropping his first single very soon. He will be going into the Universal Music SA studios to start crafting the song as early as Monday 17 July. He will also be singing the national anthem at the final of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, which happens to take place in his hometown this Sunday 16 July.

Weekly voting results for The Voice SA live shows:

Week 1 (21-23 May):
This season, M-Net expanded the show with more – bigger and better – live shows, this time from the Mosaiek Teatro in Fairland, Johannesburg. Within the new structure of the show, coaches Kahn and Karen could save one person from their teams of four during the first live show. This singer was guaranteed a spot in the Top 8 alongside the talent who received the most votes from the public out of the remaining three singers in each team. It played out as follows:
Team Kahn
Fatman                                 Saved by Kahn
Craig Lucas                        61.77%
Zee Gqamana                   20.75%
Freddy Llalendle              17.48%

Team Karen
Samantha Leonard          Saved by Karen
PJ Pretorius                       73.95%
Amanda Faku                   17.35%
Lindo Sithole                    8.70%

Week 2 (28-30 May):
It was now time for Lira and Bobby to save one talent, and for the public’s voting results to save another talent from their teams. The results looked like this:
Team Lira
Tender Mavundla            Saved by Lira
Luke Lovemore                57.24%
Marissa Petzer                 21.87%
Bubbles Mnomiya           20.89%

Team Bobby
Josh Ansley                                         Saved by Bobby
Caroline-Grace Brussow               44.69%
Marco Basson                                 35.94%
John James Janse van Rensburg  19.37%

Week 3 (4-6 June):
The outcome of the competition was now fully in the hands of the voting public. In the first week of voting Josh led the pack with his performance of Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire” and Caroline came second after her rendition of “Unconditionally” by Katy Perry.
Josh Ansley                                         19.43%
Caroline-Grace Brussow               18.34%
Craig Lucas                                       17.40%
Fatman                                             14.34%
PJ Pretorius                                    10.47%
Luke Lovemore                                 8.13%
Samantha Leonard                          7.53%
Tender Mavundla                            4.36%

Week 4 (11-13 June):
Josh was still in position number one after his performance of “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Michael Bolton, but Craig moved in extremely close behind him with his cover of Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times”.
Josh Ansley                                         20.25%
Craig Lucas                                      19.77%
Samantha Leonard                        15.17%
Fatman                                             12.31%
Caroline                                           12.01%
PJ Pretorius                                     11.79%
Luke Lovemore                              8.70%

Week 5 (18-20 June):
Craig was elevated to the top in this week with his stand-out performance of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
Craig Lucas                                       23.52%
Josh Ansley                                      19.00%
Caroline-Grace                                16.02%
Fatman                                             14.34%
Samantha                                        13.96%
PJ Pretorius                                    13.16%

Week 6 (25-27 June) 
For the sake of fairness and transparency, after M-Net was made aware of paid-for marketing on the social media accounts of some talent, M-Net nullified the votes for this week. As M-Net (and DeLoitte & Touche) also couldn’t determine with certainty whether misconduct took place regarding paid-for marketing in the previous two weeks, both PJ and Luke were given the option to return to the show. Both singers opted to return for the final round of the competition.

Week 7 (final)
The winner was determined by the voting public. See above  finale voting results graph.