M-Net (DStv 101) has revealed the voting results for the second season of The Voice South Africa that saw Craig Lucas (24) from Elsies River in Cape Town who snagged a commanding lead of 20.18% of the 1.67 million votes cast in the last week before this past Sunday's live finale.
While the second season again saw voting interference when illegal, paid-for social media posts were made to try and boost certain contestants' votes, M-Net said it didn't have an impact.
Last week before Sunday evening's finale, Craig Lucas came out tops with 20.18% of the 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 were chased by Fatman (Johan Brummer), who garnered 14.15% of the votes and followed by PJ Pretorius and Luke Lovemore who respectively received 10.70% and 7.52% of the votes.
M-Net says Craig Lucas wasn't 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," says Nkateko Mabaso, M-Net South Africa's general manager.
"There’s a great future ahead of him in the South African music industry. 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."
Craig Lucas' first single will be released soon and he will be going into the Universal Music SA studios to start crafting the song from 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 Cape Town on 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 his performance of 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%
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 his cover of Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times”.
Josh Ansley 20.25%
Craig Lucas 19.77%
Samantha Leonard 15.17%
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%
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 (and DeLoitte & Touche) 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.