The Voice SA voting results revealed
M-Net has kept its promise to release the voting results that turned 24-year-old Craig Lucas from Elsies River into the winner of The Voice South Africa Season 2.
During the final Season 2 voting period (from the end of the show on Sunday 2 July until Wednesday 5 July at 22:00), The Voice SA fans supported their favourite talent in full force with more than 1.67 million votes being cast – a new weekly record for the show. Craig came out tops with 20.18% of these votes ahead of runner-up Josh Ansley’s 16.89%. Nabbing the third and fourth position was a neck-on-neck race for Samantha Leonard and Caroline Grace Brussow. In the end, Samantha secured 15.47% of the votes while 15.09% went to Caroline. The two ladies were chased by Fatman (Johan Brummer), who garnered 14.15% of the votes and followed by PJ Pretorius and Luke Lovemore who respectively bagged 10.70% and 7.52% of the votes.
The vote count and ranking of contestants for each vote period were independently computed by Deloitte & Touche and confirmed against the vote results determined by M-Net. (See attached graph of the final voting results).
M-Net can also confirm that Craig was not linked to any of the paid-for marketing during the season that prompted M-Net to investigate whether there were any abnormalities in the voting.
“The Voice SA has proven to be a phenomenal platform from which to launch the careers of exceptional vocalists and it’s exciting to know that our audience fell in love with Craig’s unique tone and incredible passion for music. There’s a great future ahead of him in the South African music industry,” says M-Net South Africa GM, Nkateko Mbaso.
“We also believe that the intensive training and mentoring that all the finalists received during the course of the competition, from the very best musos in the country, will stand them in good stead. We wish them all the best with their music careers and will continue to support them, wherever possible.”
Good news for fans of Craig is that he will be dropping his first single very soon. He will be going into the Universal Music SA studios to start crafting the song as early as Monday 17 July. He will also be singing the national anthem at the final of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, which happens to take place in his hometown this Sunday 16 July.
Weekly voting results for The Voice SA live shows:
Week 1 (21-23 May):
This season, M-Net expanded the show with more – bigger and better - live shows, this time from the Mosaiek Teatro in Fairland, Johannesburg. Within the new structure of the show, coaches Kahn and Karen could save one person from their teams of four during the first live show. This singer was guaranteed a spot in the Top 8 alongside the talent who received the most votes from the public out of the remaining three singers in each team. It played out as follows:
- Fatman Saved by Kahn
- Craig Lucas 61.77%
- Zee Gqamana 20.75%
- Freddy Llalendle 17.48%
- Samantha Leonard Saved by Karen
- PJ Pretorius 73.95%
- Amanda Faku 17.35%
- Lindo Sithole 8.70%
Week 2 (28-30 May):
It was now time for Lira and Bobby to save one talent, and for the public’s voting results to save another talent from their teams. The results looked like this:
- Tender Mavundla Saved by Lira
- Luke Lovemore 57.24%
- Marissa Petzer 21.87%
- Bubbles Mnomiya 20.89%
- Josh Ansley Saved by Bobby
- Caroline-Grace Brussow 44.69%
- Marco Basson 35.94%
- John James Janse van Rensburg 19.37%
Week 3 (4-6 June):
The outcome of the competition was now fully in the hands of the voting public. In the first week of voting Josh led the pack with Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire” and Caroline came second after her rendition of “Unconditionally” by Katy Perry.
- Josh Ansley 19.43%
- Caroline-Grace Brussow 18.34%
- Craig Lucas 17.40%
- Fatman 14.34%
- PJ Pretorius 10.47%
- Luke Lovemore 8.13%
- Samantha Leonard 7.53%
- Tender Mavundla 4.36%
Week 4 (11-13 June):
Josh was still in position number one after his performance of “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Michael Bolton, but Craig moved in extremely close behind him with Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times”.
- Josh Ansley 20.25%
- Craig Lucas 19.77%
- Samantha Leonard 15.17%
- Fatman 12.31%
- Caroline 12.01%
- PJ Pretorius 11.79%
- Luke Lovemore 8.70%
Week 5 (18-20 June):
Craig was elevated to the top in this week with his stand-out performance of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
- Craig Lucas 23.52%
- Josh Ansley 19.00%
- Caroline-Grace 16.02%
- Fatman 14.34%
- Samantha 13.96%
- PJ Pretorius 13.16%
Week 6 (25-27 June)
For the sake of fairness and transparency, after M-Net was made aware of paid-for marketing on the social media accounts of some talent, M-Net nullified the votes for this week. As M-Net also couldn’t determine with certainty whether misconduct took place regarding paid-for marketing in the previous two weeks, both PJ and Luke were given the option to return to the show. Both singers opted to return for the final round of the competition.
Week 7 (final)
The winner was determined by the voting public. See above and attachment with finale voting graph.