South Africa now knows which eight talented singers stand in line to become the very first Voice of SA. As the coaches have no more say in the outcome of the competition, the voting public will decide this week which performers get to have a last go at grabbing the title, the sought-after contract from Universal music and more than R800 000 worth of prizes during next week’s live finale from Sasani Studios in Johannesburg.
The voting lines for the eight remaining singers – two from each coach – will close as per usual on Thursday night at 22:00. Thereafter, the voting figures will determine who will be representing each of the coaches – Karen Zoid, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Lira and Kahn Morbee – in the last showdown on Sunday, 22 May. One of these four singers, as voted for by the public this week and the live finale, will then be named The Voice of South Africa.
Tonight (Sunday, 15 May) was a big night for four of the eight vocalists who have their eye on the coveted title. While the other four were saved by their coaches last week, they had to rely on the support of the fans – and only found out tonight that they made the grade.
The four talent who were saved by South Africa to go to the next round are former fitter-and-turner apprentice, Almur Marais (25), whose also become known as “Stilfontein; blind singer Vernon Barnard (22); the UJ student with the deep voice Clemour (24); and family man Jeremy Olivier (40) from Cape Town.
They join powerhouse divas Thembeka Mnguni (32) from Durban and Zoe Modiga (22) who is originally from Pietermaritzburg and now studying in Cape Town, supercool Capetonian Richard Stirton (22) as well as Gavin Edwards (37) who is trying to make a comeback after experiencing the bad side of a rock-and-roll lifestyle.
But the competition is not just on between these incredibly talent vocalists. The four coaches will also be waiting to hear who succeeded in mentoring a member of their team all the way to the top.
Almur and Thembeka are carrying the flag for #TeamKaren; Vernon and Gavin will make sure that the competition is stiff in #TeamBobby; Clemour and Richard will be vying for votes in #TeamKahn; and Zoë and Jeremy might be the potential winners from #TeamLira.
Here are the voting details for your favourites in the Top 8:
· In #TeamBobby voters have to choose between the 22-year old blind singer Vernon Barnard [voting no 06] and 37-year-old Gavin Edwards [voting no 02 ].
· In #TeamKaren the vote is between Almur Marais (25) from Stilfontein [voting no 17] or Thembeka Mnguni (32) from Durban [voting no 23].
· In #TeamKahn the race is on between students Clemour Ngobeni (24) from Midrand [voting no 09] and Richard Stirton (22) from Cape Town [voting no 16].
· And #TeamLira’s Top 2 are: Jeremy Olivier (40) from Cape Town [voting no 27] and Zoë Modiga (22) from Pietermaritzburg [voting no 32].
And remember, all of the songs performed by the Top 13 tonight are available on iTunes and Apple Music! Giving the talent a taste of what it is like to record their own tracks and have their music made available for public release, Universal Music South Africa – who will also be giving the winner of the show a recording contract – are releasing two The Voice SA albums this week and next week respectively. This week will feature 13 songs from the Top 13, and next week will feature tracks from the talent performing in the finale. To find out how to download or listen to your favourite singers’ songs, visit www.mnet.tv/thevoice
In more good news, next week’s live finale will be simulcast both on M-Net Channel 101 as well as sister channel M-Net City Channel 115, which is available on DStv Compact.
You can also join The Voice SA conversation on “The Voice SA” Facebook page, and via Twitter on @VoiceSA with the hashtag #TheVoiceSA, or use your WeChat account and check in with the ID MNetTV. (But remember that Facebook and Twitter comments do not count as votes!)
The Voice South Africa is produced for M-Net by AMPN and is sponsored by Dialdirect.