#VoiceSA: Kahn’s Fatman and Karen’s Samantha are safe

Now South Africa votes on their favourite singers after watching the first live show.

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 – The SMS number is 33692 and are R1.50 each limited to 100 votes per number:

Freddy Lalendle 03
Zee Gqamana     04
Craig Lucas         01

Lindo Sithole      06
PJ Pretorius        07
Amanda Faku     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’.”

Team Karen lives

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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