There are only two women left in the group of eight talent who have their hearts set on winning M-Net’s first season of The Voice SA this week Sunday (22 May). They are powerhouse diva Thembeka Mnguni (32) and the charismatic Zoë Modiga (22) who have wowed their coaches and The Voice SA fans with their flawless, standout performances since their very first Blind Auditions.
If one of them clinches the title, it will be a case of true girl power, as they’ve been backed by the show’s two female coaches who saved them from the vote at every single live show thus far. Thembeka has had the wholehearted support of coach Karen Zoid, while Zoë’s shipshape vocal form is the result of working with coach Lira.
But will Zoë and Thembeka, who both hail from KZN and who both set social media alight with praise on Sunday evenings, be able to outshine their respective team members, Jeremy Olivier (40) from #TeamLira and Almur Marais (25) from #TeamKaren, in this massively important week at The Voice SA voting polls? While the two ladies are relying on the public’s votes for the first time this week, family man Jeremy and the unassuming former fitter-and-turner apprentice Almur have been saved by their fans more than once.
“It promises to be a nail-biting first season final,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “It’s absolutely impossible to predict who will come out tops. The singers in all the teams are absolutely phenomenal and everyone will be on tenter-hooks on Sunday night to see who South Africa choses as our very first Voice of South Africa.”
While the coaches could save talent during previous weeks, the winner will be determined by the public vote only. Fans have until Thursday night (19 May) to vote for their favourites amongst the top eight talent and at the beginning of Sunday night’s show, we will find out which singer in each team received the most support. These four will then have a final showdown, and the opportunity to garner more votes during the live broadcast, before the winner is announced at the end of the show.
Thembeka, whose promising showbizz career came to an abrupt end after falling pregnant, worked at a recruitment agency in Durban before she entered The Voice SA and turned into the beloved “Queen” in #TeamKaren. After her Blind audition, Karen told Thembeka that she would take her all the way to the end if she could be her coach. Karen honoured this promise by choosing her over the duo Blaque Harmony at the fierce Battle Rounds and then granting her guaranteed future spots in the competition three times in a row. After her last save, when Thembeka showed off her vocal skills with Leona Lewis’s “Run” an emotional Karen admitted: “I’m blown away by your personality, I’m blown away by your integrity, I’m blown away by who you are.”
Interestingly, Karen was also the first coach to vouch for Zoë’s talent. Back during the Blind Auditions, when Zoë’s performance of Hozier’s “Take Me To The Church” swivelled all four the coaches’ chairs, Karen was the first to turn around. Zoë chose Lira, however, as she believed she could learn from her business acumen. To date, each of Zoë’s performances inspired rave reviews from all of the coaches and convinced Lira that she deserved to go to the next round. But The Voice SA fans will long remember how she brought the house down with her incendiary rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and how her interpretation of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” inspired Coach Kahn to invite her to sing on his next solo album.
While the last two ladies standing in the competition are facing tough competition from their own team members there are also still some mighty men to outperform in the other coach’s teams.
For #TeamKahn there is Capetonain student Richard Stirton (22), who was saved by coach Kahn twice in previous weeks, as well as deep-voiced UJ student Clemour Ngobeni (23), who lit the stage up with a cover of local band Prime Circle’s “She Always Gets What She Wants” this past Sunday. Representing for #TeamBobby are blind singer Vernon Barnard (22) whose Blind audition has reached over 5 million views on You Tube, as well as Gavin Edwards (37) who is trying to make a comeback after experiencing the bad side of a rock-and-roll lifestyle. Both Vernon and Gavin have been saved by Bobby once during previous live shows.
All of the songs performed last Sunday night are now available on iTunes and Apple Music, and are quickly creeping up the iTunes charts! To find out how to download or listen to your favourite singers’ songs, visit www.mnet.tv/thevoice. You can also find all of the Top 8’s voting details on the official website.
Next week’s live finale will be also be simulcast on both M-Net Channel 101 as well as sister channel M-Net City Channel 115, which is available on DStv Compact.