Johannesburg - Four talented singers are one step closer to clinching more than R800 000 worth of prizes, a recording contract with Universal Music South Africa and the honour of being named the very first winner of The Voice SA.
In this week’s live show, featuring legendary Grammy winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo as guest act, The Voice SA coaches Karen Zoid, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Lira and Kahn Morbee had the last chance to give one of their team members a guaranteed spot in the next round.
Khan saved 22-year old heartthrob Richard Stirton from Cape Town who rocked the stage with Mumford & Sons’s I Will Wait.
Lira opted for the charismatic Zoë Modiga, 22, from Pietermaritzburg who sang Rihanna’s Diamonds.
An emotional Bobby, who had to compose himself to make a call, gave Gavin Edwards, 37, the green light with his solid song choice of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars.
Karen decided to save powerhouse diva Thembeka Mnguni, 32, after her stirring performance of Run by Leona Lewis.
Last chance to save your favourite
The support of the South African voting public will determine which one of the remaining singers from each coach’s team will join Richard, Zoë, Gavin and Thembeka in next week’s live show, the week before the final on Sunday 22 May.
In #TeamKahn the race is on between students Clemour Ngobeni, 24, from Midrand and Francis Bowers, 23, from Melkbosstrand whose performances delighted their coach – Clemour with the Adele hit Rolling in the Deep and Francis with Alicia Keys’s Girl on Fire.
After a delivery failure which resulted in the loss of 8000 intended votes from Vodacom customers which could not be allocated to individual singers, M-Net in consultation with independent auditing firm Deloitte & Touche, decided to save an entire coach’s team this week – the only one in which the votes were very close with fewer than 8000 votes between two of the talent. The coach whose team was affected was Lira. Therefore, The Voice SA fans can still vote for three singers in the songbird’s team. The one with the most votes only will proceed to the next round.
The three from #TeamLira who will be waiting to find out if they did best at the voting polls are Jeremy Olivier, 40, Robin Pieters, 25, from Cape Town and 19-year-old Jono Johansen from Durban.
In #TeamBobby voters have to choose between 22-year old blind singer Vernon Barnard who Bobby believes is getting better each week, and 21-year-old Austin Lurring who brought his A-game with local star Khaya Mthethwa’s Move.
And in #TeamKaren either Almur Marais, 25, from Stilfontein or Jono Grayson, 23, from Cape Town will be staying in the competition, based on the audience vote. Almur chose the old Paul Simon classic The Boxer, which was recently given a new lease of life by Mumford & Sons while Jono performed Maroon 5’s This Love.
Tune in to The Voice SA on Sundays at 17:00 on M-Net (DStv 101).