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Prime Circle Rock Out With The Voice SA Talent

The Voice SA: Prime Circle performs with Top 6 talent
Coach Lira joins the fray too!

The Voice SA talent received a huge surprise this week when one of South Africa’s biggest bands, Prime Circle, invited them to “party like rock stars” at a karaoke bar in their down-time. “I’ve never done karaoke before!” admitted a slightly cautious PJ Pretorius (26) from Secunda, but he took to it like a duck to water after the first few notes and some encouragement from the rest of the Top 6 talent and the rock super group.

The Voice SA cameras were there to capture all the action and in this week’s show on Sunday 25 June fans will see how the singers belted out sing-along songs to relax a bit before wowing the masses again this week. Prime Circle will also join them on the spectacular The Voice SA stage during Sunday night’s spectacular show.

The Top 6 are now back in rehearsals with their coaches, while one coach in particular is also preparing to perform this week. Coach Lira, who now has no more talent left in her team after Luke Lovemore exited the series last week, will wow The Voice SA audience with her track “How Far I’ll Go” from the feature film Moana.

Once again, the talent are preparing some classic chart-topper covers in their bid to vin the votes of the South African public and secure their spots in the Top 5 of the competition. Here is what they have lined up for this week:

  • In #TeamKaren, Kimberly’s Samantha Leonard (24) will be channeling Brandi Carlile’s “The Story”, while worship leader PJ Pretorius from Secunda (26) will also be keeping things contemporary with Shappard’s hit song “Geronimo”.
  • Comedic Fatman is taking on Robbie Williams’ iconic ballad “Angels” and his fellow #TeamKahn talent Craig Lucas (23) from Cape Town will be serenading audiences with Amy Winehouse’s classic “Valerie”.
  • Pop star Bobby van Jaarsveld’s Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein plans to belt out her second Sia track of the season, namely “Titanium” and musical theatre veteran Josh Ansley (31) will tackle James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go”.

With one more person leaving the competition on Sunday, voting for the Top 5 talent will open 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 to watch 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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The Voice SA Is Down To Six

Luke Lovemore leaves television’s toughest competition

Following last week’s spectacular performances from the Top 7, South Africa voted feverishly to keep their favourite talent in The Voice SA season 2. Unfortunately, one singer has to say goodbye to the Voice stage each week and tonight (Sunday, 18 June) it was the end of the road for the last man standing in #TeamLira, 23-year-old Luke Lovemore.

Prior to The Voice SA, Luke honed his singing skills at Cape Town’s well-known Stardust restaurant, where he befriended The Voice SA Season 1 winner Richard Stirton.  With Richard’s encouragement, Luke then decided to step into the television spotlight as well by entering season 2.  The highly talented Luke quickly won himself a spot on #TeamLira with the Seal anthem “Crazy” and he very handily stole her heart again in the Battles round. He got enough votes for his Lady Gaga ballad “Million Reasons” in the first live show to make it to the Top 8, but his performance of the Phillip Phillips’s hit “Home” in the Top 8 show put him in the “Danger Zone”. And, sadly, his tender rendition of Rag’n’Bone Man’s chart-topper, “Human” last week did not get Luke the fans’ votes that he needed.
Tonight, Luke ended up in the danger zone again, this time alongside Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein and PJ Pretorius (26) from Secunda.

Now it’s time for South Africa to support the remaining singers with their votes again. Voting for the Top 6 opened at the end of the show and will close on Tuesday, 20 June at 22:00. This is how they wowed the coaches and their gaziilions of fans tonight:

Musical theatre veteran Josh Ansley (31) heeded the Coaches’ advice from last week and kicked it off with a current hit, “Something Just Like This”, by Coldplay and The Chainsmokers. Kahn Morbee called it a great start to the evening. “You didn’t come to play – you’ve never, ever had a bad performance,” said Karen Zoid, and Coach Bobby van Jaarsveld agreed. “There is no limit to your talent, you can basically do anything,” he said.
Josh’s voting number is 15.

Kimberly’s Samantha Leonard (24) represented #TeamKaren with an Afrikaans song this week, Jan Blohm’s powerful “Groen Trui”.

“You just sound so comfortable in this space,” said Coach Lira. “It’s so perfect when you just deliver, with no tricks,” Bobby said, and Karen thought everything about the performance was “pure poetry”.
Sam’s voting number is 08.

Craig Lucas (23) from Cape Town honoured the late Prince with a rendition of His Purple Highness’s signature “Purple Rain” that earned him a standing ovation. “I for one gave you advice but you stuck to your guns, and lit this room on fire!” Lira said. “Always believe in yourself!” she told him. Bobby thought this was one of the best arrangements, of that famous song that he has ever heard, and that Craig had nailed it. “What you did tonight felt like a keepsake, like a piece of art,” said Kahn.
Craig’s voting number is 01.

Coach Bobby van Jaarsveld’s Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein went eighties with Roxette’s pop hit “It Must Have Been Love”.

“This woman has the face of a cover girl and the personality of a cover girl, you’re a wonderful person,” Karen told her. Lira was impressed with how Caroline had stripped the pop standard down. “You were delicate, you were vulnerable – one of your best performances,” she commented. “You left your heart on that stage and I’m unbelievably proud of you. It’s one of your best song choices ever,” proud Coach Bobby told her.
Caroline Grace’s voting number is 13.

Worship leader PJ Pretorius from Secunda (26) time-traveled back to the early 1970s to perform John Lennon’s iconic peace anthem, “Imagine”. Lira said she just sat back and enjoyed it and Kahn said all the personality and tone in PJ’s voice was on display in that performance. “You really moved me with this performance,” said Karen. She noted that “Imagine” is one of the best songs of all time and quite daunting to perform because it’s an emotional song about hope and truth. “It encapsulates who you are,” she told PJ sincerely.
PJ’s voting number is 07.

#TeamKahn’s Fatman from Bela-Bela closed tonight’s show channeling another iconic singer with his performance of Joe Cocker’s “Unchain My Heart”. “I loved it, I absolutely loved it,” said Coach Karen. “I loved that it was a physical performance for the first time, it was something fresh and new.”

“When the Fatman dances you know he means business!” Lira agreed. Kahn related that singer Billy Joel once said that Joe Cocker was one of the best interpreters of songs that he had ever seen, “and I think you have a very similar quality,” Kahn told Fatman.
Fatman’s voting number is 02.

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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The Voice SA Teaser: Epic Performances This Week

Top talent take on epic songs in The Voice SA
Coach Bobby, Sketchy Bongo and Daniel Baron perform too!

The Voice SA talent is ready to end the upcoming long weekend on a crescendo. During this week’s live showstopper (Sunday 19 June) the remaining seven singers will take to the stage in the hopes that South Africa has saved them for another performance. While they wait in anticipation to discover whether they’ve garnered enough votes or not, audiences will also be entertained by a variety of magical acts.

Coach Bobby van Jaarsveld revealed today that he will be doing a brand new remix of his iconic song  “Spieëltjie” with none other than legendary music man Sketchy Bongo. Then, Daniel Baron, who hung out with the Top 7 talent for a special mentoring stint prior to releasing his own album this weekend, will also pop in for a unique performance.

After host Lungile Radu introduced the talent and viewers to the nail-biting “Dangerzone” last week, one can’t help but wonder which singers will be in this volatile position this week. Have last week’s performances moved rocker Samanatha Leonard (24) and easy-on-the-eye Luke Lovemore (23) to a safer place, and if so, who will have to say goodbye to their friends and fans at the end of the episode?

This is what the Top 7 will be performing this week:

  • In #TeamKaren, Kimberly’s Samantha Leonard (24) will change her usual tune by singing the Afrikaans Jan Blohm and Karen Zoid ballad “Groen Trui”, while worship leader PJ Pretorius from Secunda (26) will time travel back to the early 1970s with John Lennon’s iconic “Imagine”.
  • Comedic Fatman will be channeling legendary Joe Cocker with a booming version of “Unchain My Heart” and his fellow #TeamKahn talent Craig Lucas (23) from Cape Town will be tackling none other than Prince’s signature “Purple Rain”.
  • For #TeamLira, who only has one talent left, Luke Lovemore (23) will bring us back to the current charts with his rendition of Niall Horan’s “This Town”.
  • Pop star Bobby van Jaarsveld’s Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein will be going full ‘80s with Roxette’s pop hit “It Must Have Been Love” and musical theatre veteran Josh Ansley (31) will change his choice up this week with “Something Just Like This” by Coldplay and The Chainsmokers.

With one more person leaving the competition on Sunday, voting for the Top 6 talent will open at the end of the show and will close on Tuesday, 20 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 to watch 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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The Voice SA : Top 8 Becomes Top 7

Sad goodbye for Tender Mavundla

#TeamLira’s’s Tender Mavundla had to bid a sad farewell to The Voice South Africa Season 2 tonight [Sunday, 11 June] after she had received the fewest votes from the viewing public in this week’s Top 8 vote.

Tender’s blistering rendition of Brenda Fassie’s “Vulindlela” earned her three out of four coach turns in the initial Blind auditions of the competition and a spot on #TeamLira. She was the first of Lira’s singers to proceed through to the Knock-Out rounds, and in the second Live Showstopper show on 29 May, Lira chose Tender as her final Coach’s Save for her performance of the Tina Turner classic, “Proud Mary”.

But now, with no more saves left to the Coaches, it is solely up to the fans to decide every week which singers deserve one more chance, and who has to go. This week the Top 7 performed an eclectic mix of songs from different decades to sing their way into the viewers’ hearts.

#TeamBobby’s Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein kicked the show off channeling her inner Adele with “Rolling In The Deep”. Lira thought it was a professional performance but cautioned Caroline Grace to always try to select songs that will show her ability off. Kahn Morbee agreed that it looked like Caroline had been doing professional shows for years, and her Coach Bobby van Jaarsveld commended his protégé on her effort, because Adele songs are notoriously difficult, he noted.
Carole Grace’s voting number is 13.

PJ Pretorius from Secunda (26) was up next, representing #TeamKaren with the Ed Sheeran ballad “Photograph”. “As you can hear, the audience loved it, “Kahn noted, “and I think sometimes that says more than I can say.” Bobby agreed: “From their side they really like you a lot, and from our side, we think you’re an awesome guy,” he told PJ. And Coach Karen said PJ is a “true troubadour”, who breaks people’s hearts when he sings. “It’s effortless,” she marveled.
PJ’s voting number is 07.

Bela Bela’s Fatman from #TeamKahn kept his choice local, lekker, and very close to home with coach Karen Zoid’s ballad “As Musiek Begin Speel”. Karen thanked him for singing a song that was very close to her heart. “You are that person, in the song, who keeps singing,” she said. “I really think you did a stellar job,” Lira said, and commended Fatman for picking an Afrikaans song. “It’s a huge market and you cannot ignore it,” she pointed out. “You’ve known from the minute you did your first song exactly who are you are as an artist, and that’s very important.” said proud Coach Kahn Morbee.
Fatman’s voting number is 02.

#TeamLira’s Luke Lovemore (23) from Cape Town took the show in a slightly alternative direction with the Rag ‘n Bone Man chart-topper, “Human”. “Flip, that was amazing!” said Coach Bobby and Karen agreed. “You old rock ‘n roller, you!” she grinned. “When he’s a little bit ‘bad’, he’s so good!” she teased. And his Coach Lira thanked her protégé for taking direction so well and always improving, week by week.
Luke’s voting number is 10.

#TeamBobby’s musical theatre veteran Josh Ansley (31) from Johannesburg serenaded his fans with the timeless old Otis Redding classic, “When a Man Loves a Woman”. Lira revealed that she had pulled Josh aside this week and encouraged him to choose a ballad that would show his vulnerability, “and you did it! That was amazing!” she raved. Kahn urged Josh not to choose the safe route of theatre or being a cover artist. “I want you to promise to be brave, to have the conviction to establish yourself as an original artist,” he said. “And we can’t wait to hear your own songs,” Bobby added.
Josh’s voting number is 15.

For #TeamKaren, Kimberly’s Samantha Leonard (24) took on the challenge of the massive Queen anthem from the Eighties, “I Want It All”. “That was true rock ‘n roll style!” said Bobby. “And then you still looked classy doing too!” Kahn said it felt like he was watching a really expensive production by someone like Katy Perry or Lady Gaga, and a proud Coach Karen pointed out that unlike those divas, humble Sam still carries her own PA equipment to all of her performances.
Sam’s voting number is 08.

And to close the show, #TeamKahn talent Craig Lucas (23) from Cape Town showed off his falsetto range with Harry Styles’ latest single, “Sign of the Times”. Karen thought he sounded like an international star. Lira noted that she loves Craig’s song choices. “Through your song choices you’ve earned the love that I have for you right now,” she said and she hoped that he would not be pulled off-track, creatively. “Do you, boo,” she cautioned. “Be true to yourself.” Kahn said Craig has that special quality the French call “je ne sais quoi”.
Craig’s voting number is 01.

Voting for the Top 7 opened at the end of the show and will close on Tuesday, 13 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.

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The Voice SA Teaser: Who Has South Africa Voted For?

Who has South Africa voted for in The Voice SA?
See how the Top 8 becomes the Top 7 in this week’s live showstopper 

Now that The Voice SA coaches have no more power to save and keep talent from their teams in the competition, we will find out which of the incredible singers have captured the imagination of the voting public. This week Sunday, host Lungile Radu will reveal who will stay in the show as The Voice SA’s Top 7 and which individual unfortunately won’t be able to continue his or her quest of becoming the winner of The Voice SA Season 2.

Will it be one of the singers who was endorsed in the past by a save from their coaches, like Fatman, Samantha Leonard, Josh Ansley or Tender Mavundla? Or will previous audience favourites Craig Lucas, PJ Pretorius, Caroline Brussow and Luke Lovemore perhaps not make the grade now that everyone in the Top 8 was up for the vote?

While the talent wait to hear their fate, last season’s runner-up Gavin Edwards will set the stage alight. Then, another familiar face from The Voice SA will also show off her amazing skills. Be prepared for a unique performance by Season 2 co-coach Riana Nel.

“From this point of the competition onwards, we will only say goodbye to one talent each week,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “But there are also some other tweaks to the show that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final on 9 July. Be sure to watch The Voice SA live shows each week to keep your favourite in the competition.”

Before the results are revealed on Sunday, all eight of the talent will have the opportunity to sing another chart-topper and this week the song choices represent an eclectic mix from different decades:

  • In #TeamKaren, Kimberly’s Samantha Leonard (24) will take on the massive Queen hit “I Want It All”, while PJ Pretorius from Secunda (26) will be keeping things contemporary with his rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph”.
  • Comedic Fatman has elected to keep his choice local, lekker and very close to home with coach Karen Zoid’s ballad “As Musiek Begin Speel”, and his fellow #TeamKahn talent Craig Lucas (23) from Cape Town will be tackling Harry Styles’ latest single “Sign of the Times”.
  • For #TeamLira, Port Shepstone’s Tender Mavundla (35) has opted to belt out Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” and Luke Lovemore (23) is keeping things alternative with the Rag n Bone Man chart-topper “Human”.
  • Pop star Bobby van Jaarsveld’s Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein will be channeling Adele with her cover of “Rolling In The Deep” and musical theatre veteran Josh Ansley (31) will be serenading fans with the Michael Bolton love song “When a Man Loves a Woman”.

With one person leaving the competition on Sunday, voting for the Top 7 talent will open at the end of the show and will close on Tuesday, 13 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 to watch 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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The Voice SA: Vote For Your Top 8

Fans save Caroline and Luke as final two in Top 8

In tonight’s spectacular live show of The Voice SA, #TeamBobby’s Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein and #TeamLira’s Luke Lovemore (23) from Cape Town were the last two singers to reach the Top 8 when they garnered the most votes in this week’s viewers’ vote. Now, the Top 8 talent have to perform for their lives each week going forward to convince the South African public to vote for them. Fans of the show are now also able to vote for any of their favourites, regardless of which coach’s team they’re in.

Unfortunately the voting results tonight meant that Marissa Petzer (22) from Stilfontein and Bubbles Mnomiya (23) from Durban had reached the end of their musical journey with Coach Lira, and Bobby van Jaarsveld had to say farewell to and Marco Basson (23) from Vanderbijlpark and the talented teenager from Carletonville, John James Janse van Rensburg (19).

The Voice SA Season 2 Top 8 are:

#TeamKahn
Fatman (40) from Bela Bela (Coach’s Save)
Craig Lucas (23) from Cape Town (Viewers’ Vote)

#TeamKaren
Samantha Leonard (24) from Kimberly (Coach’s Save)
PJ Pretorius (26) from Secunda (Viewers’ Vote)

#TeamLira
Tender Mavundla (35) from Port Shepstone (Coach’s Save)
Luke Lovemore (23) from Cape Town (Viewers’ Vote)

#TeamBobby
Josh Ansley (31) from Johannesburg (Coach’s Save)
Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein (Viewers’ Vote)

From now on the fate of the Top 8 lies entirely in the hands of the voting fans – the Coaches have no more saves left! The third live show of the season tonight [Sunday, 4 June] featured some spectacular performances from all of the talent as they each sang to stay in the competition, kicking it off with #TeamKaren’s Samantha Leonard with an apt song choice, Sara Bareilles’s “Brave”.

Coach Bobby said that’s exactly what Samantha is: brave. “You look like Superwoman!” he praised her. Karen commented on how dedicated Sam has been all throughout the process – “You are the Queen of Diamonds!” she said.
Samantha’s voting number is 08.

PJ Pretorius represented #TeamKaren with the Temper Trap hit “Sweet Disposition” and had his Coach up on her feet and dancing.
“Tonight you graduated cum laude to rock star performer,” Kahn Morbee told him, and Bobby confessed that he was surprised by PJ’s stage confidence. “I think he’s proved himself – he can get a party going!” Coach Karen said proudly.
PJ’s voting number is 07.

Next up was #TeamLira and taking the stage first was Tender Mavundla performing the old Whitney Houston classic “I’m Every Woman”.
“You’re a born entertainer,” Karen complimented her. “I’m just so filled with pride,” said Lira. “I believe in you 100%”.
Tender’s voting number is 12.

#TeamLira’s Viewers’ Save Luke Lovemore performed American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’s ballad “Home”.
Bobby was happy that the audience got to see this performance – “my favourite performance of yours so far,” he said. “I love this guy’s voice, I’d buy his albums,” said Karen, and a proud Coach Lira predicted that Luke would just keep getting better and better every week.
Luke’s voting number is 10.

First up representing #TeamKahn was Craig Lucas, putting a classic swing spin on Panic! At the Disco’s “Death of a Bachelor”.
“That was phenomenal for me,” Lira praised. “You’re absolutely exciting to me.” Bobby noted that there was a reason the public voted to keep Craig on the show. “I’m proud of you, man,” he said. “You’ve got that something magic,” said proud Coach Kahn.
Craig’s voting number is 01.

And Coach Kahn’s Coach’s Save Fatman channeled his inner Meat Loaf with “I Would Do Anything For Love”.
“Fatman, you are a reminder that dreams come true!” Lira exclaimed. “You are one of the best entertainers I’ve ever seen in my life,” Karen raved, and Kahn said Fatman was like the superhero of the show, “Captain Fatman”, “because you tell everyone that you should never stop dreaming,” he said.
Fatman’s voting number is 02.

For #TeamBobby first performance tonight, Josh Ansley brought the house down with the Kings of Leon hit “Sex on Fire”.
“Your voice is on fire!” Lira shouted. She said if there was ever an international The Voice competition, Josh would be her choice to represent South Africa, and proud Coach Bobby said he would probably win. “You’re an expert in your field, you’re an expert vocalist performer,” said Kahn.
Josh’s voting number is 15.

And #TeamBobby’s glamorous lawyer Caroline Brussow closed the show with Katy Perry’s ““Unconditionally”.
“Yaaaaaaaaay!” Karen shouted happily. “You’ve gone from second-guessing yourself to Star Diva Deluxe,” she told Caroline. “You’re strong, you’re gorgeous, you’re actually gorgeous and talent,” said Lira.
Caroline’s voting number is 13.

Now it’s up to the fans to vote to keep their favourite singers on the show! Voting opened directly after the show tonight and will close on Tuesday, 6 June, at 22:00. Fans can vote for their favourite singers via WeChat (free) and SMS (standard rates apply). Terms and Conditions are available on www.mnet.tv/thevoice.

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 to watch 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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The Voice SA: Tender And Josh Saved

THE VOICE SA 2: Coaches save Tender and Josh!
Fans pick Craig and PJ. Who will be saved this week?

#TeamLira’s Tender Mavundla (35) from Port Shepstone and #TeamBobby’s Josh Ansley (31) from Johannesburg tonight joined #TeamKahn’s Fatman (40) and #TeamKaren’s Samantha Leonard (24) in the safe group that are already through to the next round of The Voice SA Season 2, after their coaches Bobby van Jaarsveld and Lira selected them out of the 8 extraordinary performances in tonight’s second Live Showstopper show at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairland, Johannesburg.

And after last week’s performances, The Voice SA fans voted to keep #TeamKahn’s Craig Lucas (23) from Cape Town and #TeamKaren’s PJ Pretorius (26) from Secunda in the competition, which means that sadly the show had to say goodbye to #TeamKahn’s Freddy Lalendle (23) from Durban and Zee Gqamana (23) from Grahamstown, as well as #TeamKaren’s Lindo Sithole (23) from Pietermaritzburg and Amanda Faku (23) from Port Elizabeth.

Now it’s up to the fans to vote which final two singers to keep in the show this week, using their unique voting numbers:

From #TeamLira:
Bubbles Mnomiya (23) from Durban 09
Luke Lovemore (23) from Cape Town 10
Marissa Petzer (22) from Stilfontein 11

And from: #TeamBobby:
Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein 13
John James Janse van Rensburg (19) from Carletonville 14
Marco Basson (23) from Vanderbijlpark 16

#TeamLira was up first tonight with Marissa Petzer (22) from Stilfontein rocking out the Aerosmith classic, “Pink”. “To think this girl didn’t make it through past the blind auditions last season!” Karen marveled, and Kahn thought her rendition of the song was “sassy”.

The effervescent Bubbles Mnomiya (23) from Durban went for the funk with Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like”. “You’re so versatile, you can do anything,” Bobby noted, and Kahn said she was like the lyric from her song: “strawberry and champagne on ice”! “I’m so, so proud of you!” Coach Lira beamed.

Lira’s rocker, Capetonian Luke Lovemore (23), took the pace down a notch with the Lady Gaga ballad “Million Reasons”. Karen said that Luke’s is the kind of voice she likes, “and you’re such a heartthrob as well!” she grinned as Luke’s coach, Lira, dissolved into tears. “You don’t know the amount of work that goes into this moment,” she told the audience tearfully.

Lira’s oldest talent in the competition, Tender Mavundla (35) from Port Shepstone, brought out the big guns for her performance of the Tina Turner classic, “Proud Mary”. “It was like all the different genres of music wrapped into one two-minute song,” Kahn raved. “You have such a rebel heart, that’s what I love about you,” said an impressed Karen. “It was beautiful to watch that,” said a happy Lira.

#TeamBobby’s turn on the stage was lead by Johannesburg musical theatre alum Josh Ansley (31), showing off his impressive range with the timeless anthem “Eye of the Tiger”. Kahn thinks Josh’s nostalgic quality is what makes people like him. “You are ready to take it to the next level,” Lira told him, and Karen thought his voice is world class. “Not many people can do that – not in South Africa, not in the world, what you just did,” she said. “You are one of the best entertainers I’ve ever seen in my life,” his Coach, Bobby van Jaarsveld, praised.

Matriculant John James Janse van Rensburg (19) from Carletonville brought some soul to the party with his rendition of Shawn Mendes’ pop ballad “Treat You Better”. “So, so proud of you,” Karen raved. Lira called him the South African Justin Bieber but Kahn thought he was better: “You actually sing on stage,” he joked. Bobby told him it’s time to let go of his self-doubt now. “You’re going to go far,” he said.

Next up for #TeamBobby was the blonde lawyer and rugby-wife from Bloemfontein, Caroline Brussow (32), tackling Sia’s “Elastic Heart”. “You have powerful, roaring, strong vocal capability,” said an impressed Lira. “You have an elastic voice!” Karen exclaimed, and noted that Caroline is also the nicest person in the show. “I don’t think you’re human,” Kahn marveled.

And finally Vanderbijlpark engineer Marco Basson (23) chose Ed Sheeran’s pop standard “Castle on the Hill” for his first live performance. Kahn praised Marco’s sincerity and Karen said she thought he was spectacular. “You’re my favourite nerd!” his Coach Bobby praised him.

With Tender and Josh now also safe from this week’s vote, it is up to the fans to decide which final two singers to save with their votes. Only one member of each team can remain – four singers must be sent home in next week’s Showstopper episode.

Voting for #TeamLira and #TeamBobby’s’s singers opened directly after the show at 19:00 tonight and will close on Tuesday, 30 May at 22:00. Fans can vote for their favourite singers via WeChat (free) and SMS (standard rates apply). Terms and Conditions are available on www.mnet.tv/thevoice.

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 to watch 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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The Voice SA Teaser: Teams Lira And Bobby Up Next

Who will join Samantha and Fatman in The Voice SA Top 8?
#TeamBobby and #TeamLira take to the stage in second live showstopper!

Last week, coaches Kahn Morbee and Karen Zoid had the unenviable task of saving only one of their four talent in the first spectacular live show of The Voice SA. Despite incredible performances all round, Kahn elected to save larger-than-life comedian and music teacher Fatman (40) from Bela Bela, while Karen Zoid chose to take Samantha Leonard (24) from Kimberly into the Top 8 round of the show. This week it will be revealed which performer the South African voting public has saved from the remaining six talent in each team, before #TeamBobby and #TeamLira take to the impressive new stage to show off their chops for their first public voting round.

Joining Bobby and Lira’s teams in the live showstopper this week are South African rocker Jesse Clegg as well as coaches Kahn and Karen who will be performing their latest collaboration! Their performances, coupled with some classic chart-topping hits chosen by the talent, promise to make for another incredible show.

#TeamLira’s team of powerhouse vocalists have opted for a mix of contemporary and older classic tracks. Effervescent Bubbles Mnomiya (23) from Durban will turn up the tempo with Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like”. Lira’s oldest talent Tender Mavundla (35) from Port Shepstone will be bringing out her big guns, covering Tina Turner’s smash hit “Proud Mary”, while rocker Luke Lovemore takes the pace down a notch with Lady Gaga’s massive ballad “Million Reasons”. Marissa Petzer (22) from Stilfontein will stay true to her rock ‘n roll roots with the Aerosmith classic “Pink”.

Coach Bobby van Jaarsveld’s four talent have mostly opted for hit songs that are currently topping global music charts. Lawyer Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein will tackle Sia’s “Elastic Heart” while engineer Marco Basson (23) from van der Bijl Park has chosen Ed Sheeran’s pop standard “Castle on the Hill” for his first live performance. Musical theatre alum Josh Ansley (31) from Johannesburg will showcase his vocal range once more with the Survivor anthem “Eye of the Tiger” and Matriculant John James Janse van Rensburg (19) will bring some soul to the party with his rendition of Shawn Mendes’ pop ballad “Treat You Better”.

Just like last week, each coach will only have one opportunity to save one member of their team this season, and they have to exercise their save in the first round. Thereafter, the public will decide which team members from both teams they choose to save with their votes. Voting for #TeamLira and #TeamBobby’s talent will open directly after the show at 19:00, and will close on Tuesday, 23 May 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 to watch 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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Voice SA: Samantha And Fatman Are Safe

Fatman and Samantha are safe after the first Live Showstopper!
Now South Africa votes on their favourite singers.

Team Kahn’s Fatman and Team Karen’s Samantha Leonard are safe to sing for South Africa’s vote again after their coaches saved them after this Sunday’s [21 May] incredible sing-off between the 8 members of the two teams. Now it’s up to the fans to vote for their favourites to stay in the show using these unique voting numbers:

In: #TeamKahn:
Freddy Lalendle (23) from Durban 03
Zee Gqamana (23) from Grahamstown 04
Craig Lucas (23) from Cape Town 01

And in #TeamKaren:
Lindo Sithole (23) from Pietermaritzburg 06
PJ Pretorius (26) from Secunda 07
Amanda Faku (23) from Port Elizabeth 05

Sunday saw the first of the Live Showstopper shows, broadcast live from the state-of-the-art Mosaïek Teatro in Fairland, Johannesburg, in which the remaining singers competed for the viewers’ votes to become “The Voice”, and what a showstopper it was!

#TeamKahn was up first with Capetonian Economics graduate-turned singer Craig Lucas (23), showing off his giant pop vocals with the Killers anthem, “Human”. A happy Coach Kahn rose to his feet in applause during Craig’s performance, which he said was “Awesome!”

Alternative, raspy-voiced Freddy Lalendle (23) from Durban strayed from his usual rocker roots to perform the emotional Labrinth ballad, “Jealous”. Coach Lira said Freddy is an enigma, but Bobby warned him about a tendency to mumble his lyrics.

Soulful Information Systems graduate Zee Gqamana (23) from Grahamstown chose Allesia Cara’s poignant “Scars to Your Beautiful” to impress the viewers. “You are a superstar!” coach Karen Zoid raved. “I’m so proud of you – you brought it, girlfriend!” Lira agreed. “Confidence is a beautiful thing,” she joked. “You are the complete package,” Kahn told his singer happily.

And the final singer to represent #TeamKahn was larger-than-life comedian Fatman (40) from Bela Bela, who wowed the coaches and the Mosaïek audience with his soulful rendition of the Kurt Darren mega-hit, “Kaptein”. Coach Karen said there’s something about Fatman’s voice that makes you feel safe, and Kahn said this performance reminded him of that famous “Oh Captain, My Captain” scene in the movie “Dead Poets Society”.

#TeamKaren’s turn on the stage was lead by the stylish Lindo Sithole (23) from Pietermaritzburg, performing Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic”. “I love your swag!” Lira told Lindo, and his Coach Karen agreed. “You are unbelievable!” she raved. “And you are the most stylish person on this year’s ‘Voice’.”

Worship leader PJ Pretorius (26) from Secunda mixed things up with a dose of Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One”. “You’ve got something magical about you,” coach Bobby told PJ, and Karen thought it was “a fantastic performance”.

Amanda Faku (23) from Port Elizabeth had the crowd on their feet with Kings of Leon’s rocking singalong hit, “Use Somebody”. “You are incredible,” a proud coach Karen told her.

And last but not least, Samantha Leonard (24) from Kimberly showcased her impressive vocal range with the Enrique Iglesias hit, “Hero”. “You took my breath away,” said a tearful Coach Lira. “It reminded me of performances that I have seen at the Grammys.” And Bobby said he can’t wait to see Sam perform Afrikaans music.

With Fatman and Samantha safe from the vote, it is now up to the fans to decide which singers from both teams to save with their votes. Only two members of each team can remain – two singers must be sent home in next week’s Showstopper episode.

Voting for #TeamKahn and #TeamKaren’s singers opened directly after the show at 19:00 tonight and will close on Tuesday, 23 May at 22:00. Fans can vote for their favourite singers via WeChat (free) and SMS (standard rates apply). Terms and Conditions are available on www.mnet.tv/thevoice.

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 voting information, to watch 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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The Voice SA Teaser : First Live Show

Time to vote for your favourite talent in The Voice SA
Team Kahn and Team Karen to perform at the first live showstopper this week Sunday

From this week Sunday The Voice SA Season 2 is coming your way live from the state-of-the-art Mosaiek Teatro in Fairland, where this year’s incredible talent will have to sing for South Africa’s vote. This week, the teams of coaches Karen Zoid and Kahn Morbee will take to the stage to wow the public. Each of these teams now has four members, but only two of them will remain in the game after their performances on Sunday.

“We promised that this year’s live shows will be bigger and better — and Sunday’s show is bound to knock your socks off,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “The set is absolutely spectacular, the audience will be more than triple the size, the phenomenal talent is ready to give it their all, and some of SA’s most popular music acts will join them each week.”

The electronic band Goodluck, which has been the opening act for Pharrel Williams’ SA tour, and is currently enthralling the world with their truly African modern sound, as well as singer-songwriter Connell Cruise will set the scene for the first spectacular live show.

The members of both Karen and Kahn’s teams have chosen their songs carefully in order to rake in the public’s votes.

Kahn’s eclectic team have an equally assorted line-up of songs that they’ll be performing on the night. Alternative, raspy-voiced Freddy Lalendle (23) from Durban will stray from his usual rocker roots by performing the emotional Labrinth ballad “Jealous”. After larger-than-life comedian Fatman (40) from Bela Bela wowed the coaches in his Knock-Out performance with an Afrikaans classic, he will be sticking to this winning recipe in the first live show by performing the Kurt Darren hit “Kaptein”. Soulful Information Systems graduate Zee Gqamana (23) from Grahamstown will be performing Allesia Cara’s equally poignant “Scars to Your Beautiful”, while Capetonian Economics graduate-turned singer Craig Lucas (23) will show off his giant pop vocals with the Killers anthem “Human”.

#TeamKaren’s top four talent will also be whipping out some chart-topping favourites in their attempt to woo the South African public. Stylish Lindo Sithole (23) from Pietermaritzburg will no doubt showcase some of his signature dance moves when he performs Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic”, while Samantha Leonard (24) from Kimberly will showcase her impressive vocal range with the Enrique Iglesias hit “Hero”. Worship leader PJ Pretorius (26) from Secunda will mix things up with a dose of Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One” and Amanda Faku (23) from Port Elizabeth will step out of her more traditional R&B comfort zone with Kings of Leon’s rocking sing-a-long hit “Use Somebody”.

Each coach will only have one opportunity to save one member of their team this season, and they have to exercise their save in the first round. Thereafter, the public will decide which team members from both teams they choose to save with their votes. Voting for #TeamKahn and #TeamKaren’s talent will open directly after the show at 19:00, and will close on Tuesday, 23 May 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 to watch 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.

The Voice SA first live show: Sunday 21 May at 17:30

Or watch it on M-Net City (channel 115 – also available on DStv Compact) every Tuesday available at 15:30 and Sunday mornings at 09:00.