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Craig Lucas Wins The Voice SA

Craig Lucas wins M-Net’s The Voice South Africa!
Coach Kahn Morbee produces the show’s number one singer two years in a row

The viewing public has chosen 23-year old Craig Lucas from Elsies River as the winner of The Voice South Africa season 2. The announcement was made at the end of this week’s showstopper grand finale which was broadcast live on M-Net and M-Net City from the Mosaiek Teatro in Fairland, Johannesburg. With Craig’s victory, Parlotones front man Kahn Morbee also clinched the title of winning coach for the second year in a row.

More than 1.6 million votes – an all-time record for The Voice SA – were cast in the dramatic final week of voting during which seven incredible singers competed for the show’s grand prize. In the end, Craig beat versatile vocalist and runner-up Josh Ansley (31) as well as Samantha Leonard (24), Caroline Grace Brussow (31), PJ Pretorius (26), Fatman (41) and Luke Lovemore (23).

Craig, who was one of the audience favourites right from the start, made his first foray into singing on stage with his soulful The Voice SA Blind Audition of “House of The Rising Sun”. While music has always been his passion he first had to keep his promise to his mother – to complete his studies. The new Voice of South Africa now holds an honours degree in Finance from the University of Cape Town. During each round of the competition Craig wowed the audience with his unique interpretations of popular songs, demonstrating why coach Kahn called him “the love child of John Legend and Freddy Mercury”.

On top of nabbing a coveted record deal from Universal Music South Africa, Craig walked off with the following fabulous prizes from The Voice SA sponsors:

  • R250 000 in cash from dialdirect;
  •  From Samsung, a Gear S3 smart watch, a Galaxy S8 smart phone, a Gear VR, a 360 camera, a Gear iconiX set and a 65 inch KS9500 SUHD TV;
  • A Subaru Impreza 2.0 Premium CVT;
  • R100 000 of fashion from Truworths.

Deloitte and Touche independently computed the voting figures for The Voice SA and these stats will be made available to the public later this week.

Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/thevoice for exclusive interviews with the coaches and talent, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @VoiceSA / #TheVoiceSA or on the official “Voice SA” Facebook page.

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Results For The Voice SA Final Have Been Counted And Confirmed

South Africa voted in record-breaking numbers to determine the winner of the second season of The Voice South Africa and on Sunday 9 July DStv Premium and Compact viewers will find out which talented singer walks off with the grand prize. The special two-hour show will be broadcast on M-Net 101 as well as M-Net City, channel 115, as was the case with last year’s final.

The vote count and ranking of contestants were independently computed by Deloitte and Touche and confirmed against the vote results determined by M-Net this afternoon (Thursday 6 July) after voting closed last night (Wednesday 5 July) at 22:00.

M-Net was aware of another boosted social media post linked to The Voice SA voting this week. This paid-for marketing was visible online for approximately three hours on the morning of Tuesday 4 July and removed on M-Net’s request.

In each voting period, M-Net monitors the voting figures, activities and trends. Any abnormalities, such as spikes, are analysed to assess whether there is a material effect on the voting results.  Appropriate actions are taken, if required. At M-Net’s request, Deloitte and Touche independently computed the vote count and ranking just prior to this week’s boosted post and confirmed that the ranking of the talent and overall winner had not changed since the boosted post occurred.

In the interests of transparency, M-Net will disclose the voting figures next week.

Sunday night’s spectacular show, which starts at 17:00, will include a variety of performances by top South African artists. Gangs of Ballet will be on stage and the seven singers, who vied for the title of The Voice South Africa, will do collaborations with stars such as Nadine, Nianell, Gavin Edwards, Emo Adams, Thembeka Mnguni, Jimmy Nevis and Magdalene Minnaar.

Read about The Voice SA Finals.

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The Voice SA: Time To Vote For The Winner

Vote for the winner of The Voice SA NOW!
Caroline, Craig, Fatman, Josh, Luke, PJ and Samantha need your support for next week’s grand finale

After a dramatic week on The Voice SA in which M-Net became aware of alleged paid-for marketing efforts (boosted posts) in previous weeks which could have impacted the voting results, no-one from the Top 5 left the show tonight [Sunday, 2 July]. On top of that the two talent who left the competition during the weeks of the boosted posts, #TeamLira’s Luke Lovemore and #TeamKaren’s PJ Pretorius, decided to accept M-Net’s invitation to return to the show.

This means that fans are now voting directly for the singer who they want to see nabbing the title of the winner of The Voice South Africa Season 2 and, this vote is equally important for the celebrity coaches, Kahn Morbee, Karen Zoid, Bobby van Jaarsveld, and Lira, who all still have talent in the competition with an equal chance of winning the title!

Josh Ansley (31) from Johannesburg kicked the show off this evening on a high note with the Toto classic “Hold the Line”.  Kahn compared it to Michael Jackson and Lira thought it was the perfect opening to the show. “Super, super proud of this guy!” Coach Bobby said happily. “South Africa deserves someone like you to represent our country in the world,” he told Josh.
Josh’s voting number is 15

Samantha Leonard (24) from Kimberley performed the Alicia Keys hit “Girl On Fire” and Bobby said it was an appropriate song for her. “You are probably one of the most consistent performers in this competition,” Kahn said, and Sam’s Coach Karen thought she nailed it. “You are my Number One!” she said.
Sam’s voting number is 08.

#TeamBobby’s Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein took it back to the Eighties with the Bonnie Tyler hit “Holding Out for a Hero” from the movie “Footloose”. “You don’t need a hero, you are a hero,” Karen told her. “I’m sometimes at a loss for words,” Lira admitted, “you keep getting better and better.” Kahn said what impresses him most about Caroline is her character and her attitude behind the scenes. “You look like a Grammy tonight!” Bobby joked. “If I had a Grammy I would give it to you.”
Caroline Grace’s voting number is 13.

#TeamKahn’s Craig Lucas (23) from Cape Town selected The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” for his final competition performance and earned a standing ovation from his delighted Coach. “You’re amazing, never forget that!” Lira told him. “I thought that was indescribably wonderful,” Karen said. “Your artistry is amazing,” said Bobby. “I think you’re going to do extremely well in this country.”
Craig’s voting number is 01.

In the second song from the movie “Footloose” tonight, The Pride of Bela Bela, #TeamKahn’s Fatman (41), performed the title track, “Footloose”. Bobby didn’t think it was Fatman’s best performance but Lira disagreed. “You’re an all-round entertainer, baby!” she said. And Kahn pointed out that Fatman is a larger-than-life character, “but behind all that character is an abundance of talent,” he noted.
Fatman’s voting number is 02.

PJ Pretorius (26) from Secunda returned to perform Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”. Bobby remarked that the most important thing a singer can have is tone, and that PJ has that, and Kahn said he was just happy to get to listen to that voice again. Karen commented that she appreciated the lyrics about “walking a lonely road”, because PJ had learned through the competition to be himself and “live his truth”.
PJ’s voting number is 07.

#TeamLira’s Luke Lovemore (23) closed the show with “Best of You” from The Foo Fighters. “I think we got the best of you tonight,” Karen told him. “I think some people are scared now!” she added. Bobby said Luke brings something special to The Voice SA. “This is the you-est you I’ve ever seen on the show,” he said, and Lira thought that was the best compliment. “This was the best version of you,” she agreed.
Luke’s voting number is 10.

The winner of The Voice SA will be determined by the votes of the viewing public and will be announced during the finalé on Sunday, 9 July. The vote results are independently computed by Deloitte and Touche and confirmed against the vote results determined by M-Net. Voting opened at the end of the show tonight [2 July] and will close on Wednesday, 5 July, at 22:00.

The Voice South Africa, sponsored by Dialdirect, is broadcast every Sunday night on M-Net channel 101 at 17:30 and every Monday night at 18:00 on M-Net City channel 115.

Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/thevoice for exclusive interviews with the coaches and talent, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @VoiceSA / #TheVoiceSA or on the official “Voice SA” Facebook page. You can also download The Voice SA app today for exclusive show-related games and special features.

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M-Net Gives The Voice SA Talent Another Chance

M-Net has decided that none of the five remaining talent in The Voice SA will be going home this coming Sunday. In addition, M-Net has also given Luke Lovemore and PJ Pretorius, who received the fewest votes in the previous two weeks, the option to return to the show. As such, the voting lines have been closed.

The decision was made in the interests of fairness and transparency, after M-Net was alerted about alleged paid-for marketing efforts (boosted posts) on some talent’s personal social media accounts. Paid-for marketing, which is against the rules of the competition, can cause voting spikes which could provide an unfair advantage. This prompted M-Net to conduct an investigation into the way in which these efforts could have affected the outcome of the voting results. It was ascertained that only the past two voting periods, in which Luke Lovemore and PJ Pretorius left the competition, could have been affected.

“Despite our best efforts, we could not determine with certainty whether misconduct took place and what the impact was on the voting results. We believe the fairest solution under these circumstances is to give all the affected talent another chance,” says Nkateko Mabaso, GM for M-Net South Africa. “The Voice SA has proved to be an excellent platform for launching the careers of new singing talent and we would like encourage our viewers to continue to vote for their favourites”.

The winner of The Voice SA will be determined by the votes of the viewing public and will be announced during the finale on Sunday, 9 July. The vote results are independently computed by Deloitte and Touche and confirmed against the vote results determined by M-Net.

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More Than A Million Votes Determine The Voice SA’s Top 5

With only two weeks to the grand finale of M-Net’s prestigious singing contest The Voice SA, the Top 5 talent were announced tonight. Fans cast more than a million votes this week to take Caroline Brussow, Craig Lucas, Fatman, Josh Ansley and Samantha Leonard to next Sunday’s spectacular semi-finals. This means that PJ Pretorius (26) from #TeamKaren had to bid the show farewell tonight.

“Never stop dreaming,” PJ’s Coach Karen Zoid told him after host Lungile Radu revealed the final voting results. “Go out there and make a name for yourself – I’ve got your back, always,” she promised.

In his original Blind audition the affable young singer from Secunda received three chair turns from the coaches for his rendition of Coldplay’s “Yellow”, and beat Durban’s Chico Muya in the Battle rounds performing Bruce Springsteen’s “Secret Garden”. In the Knockouts he beat out Port Elizabeth’s Emma Ellis with an acoustic version of the Pink anthem “Perfect”, accompanying himself on the guitar. He made it through to the Top 8 with a dose of Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One” in the second Live Showstopper show at the Mosaïek Teatro, but his Top 7 performance of the Temper Trap hit “Sweet Disposition” landed him in the Danger Zone, and PJ’s tender interpretation of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in the Top 6 show last week turned out to be his final performance.

#TeamKahn’s Fatman (41) from Bela Bela and #TeamKaren’s Samantha Leonard (24) from Kimberley found themselves in the Danger Zone with PJ tonight, and had to give the performances of their lives in tonight’s Top 5 show.

Up first tonight was #TeamKahn’s Craig Lucas (23) from Cape Town, setting an upbeat tone with the late Amy Winehouse’s classic “Valerie”. “You’re an amazing vocalist, it’s natural for you,” Lira told him, and Bobbie van Jaarsveld agreed. “You’re an entertainer by heart,” he said. Craig’s Coach Kahn Morbee said he has “the X-Factor”, and “I believe, regardless of who wins this competition, you will be a superstar,” he said.
Craig’s voting number is 01.

Musical theatre veteran Josh Ansley (31) tackled James Arthur’s hit, “Say You Won’t Let Go” tonight. Coach Kahn commended Josh for taking a risk with a more modern sound these days. “Your voice is phenomenal, I’m envious of your voice,” he admitted. Karen Zoid remarked that Josh had undergone a serious transformation over the past few weeks. “Your soul is shining,” she told him. And Josh’s Coach, Bobby van Jaarsveld, promised that there was even more to come! “Next week he’s going to blow your minds!” he grinned.
Josh’s voting number is 15.

For #TeamKaren, Samantha Leonard (24) from Kimberley touched the audience’s hearts with the wildly popular Brandi Carlile ballad “The Story”. Kahn thought it was an excellent song choice that showed off her vocal range. “You are a full package!” Coach Lira raved, calling Sam a cross between Shania Twain and Riana Nel. “She is ready to go out there and tour, and make lots of money!” a proud Coach Karen exclaimed happily.
Sam’s voting number is 08.

The Pride of Bela Bela, #TeamKahn’s Fatman (41), continued his streak of interpreting big power ballads when he took on Robbie Williams’ iconic “Angels”, accompanying himself at the grand piano. “Daai was baie mooi,” Lira told him in Afrikaans. “This is the only competition in the world that a dream like yours could come true,” she noted happily. “And you’re suddenly the fashion guy as well!” Bobby joked. “I think what you’ve showed throughout out the show is that you’re an accomplished musician,” said Kahn, proudly sporting a Fatman-hat.
# Fatman’s voting number is 02.

#TeamBobby’s sweetheart Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein belted out her second Sia track of the season, the smash hit “Titanium”, and received a standing ovation from the audience at the Mosaïek Teatro. “What a performance!” Karen shouted happily. “You are titanium, you’re amazingly strong, and I believe you will be very successful in your life,” she told Caroline Grace. Coach Kahn enjoyed that Caroline had showed more of her vulnerable side tonight, and “that’s why you are the best female audience in the show!” Coach Bobby said proudly.
Caroline Grace’s voting number is 13.

Voting for the Top 5 opened at the end of the show and will close on Tuesday, 27 June at 22:00. Tickets for The Voice SA live shows are available from Computicket.

The Voice South Africa, sponsored by Dialdirect, is broadcast every Sunday night on M-Net channel 101 at 17:30 and every Monday night at 18:00 on M-Net City channel 115.

Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/thevoice for exclusive interviews with the coaches and talent, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @VoiceSA / #TheVoiceSA or on the official “Voice SA” Facebook page. You can also download The Voice SA app today for exclusive show-related games and special features.