After entertaining audiences for many weeks, three exceptionally talented singers – Daniel Jay, Elisha James and Francois Viljoen – exited The Voice SA’s live stage Sunday night.
On coach Francois van Coke’s team Anslin Gysman, Chezelle Shahadat and Daniel Jay were up for the Viewers’ Save last week and the fans voted to keep Anslin on the team. Daniel and Chezelle had to Sing For Their Lives for the last remaining spot on #TeamVanCoke – Daniel sang a verse from Callum Scott’s “Dancing on My Own” and Chezelle chose Anastacia’s “Heavy On My Heart”. “This is the hardest decision I’ve made on The Voice so far,” Francois van Coke admitted before selecting to keep Chezelle Shahadat in the #TeamVanCoke Top 3, bidding a sad farewell to Daniel Jay.
In Riana Nel’s team viewers saved Soné Joubert, leaving Lelo Ramasimong, Francois Viljoen, and Elisha James to Sing For Their Lives. Elisha sang the Demi Lovato hit “Stone Cold”, Lelo impressed with a verse from the classic “Natural Woman”, and Francois chose Oasis’s “Don’t Look Back in Anger”. Coach Riana Nel decided to keep Lelo on #TeamRiana, putting an end to Francois Viljoen and Elisha James’s The Voice SA journey.
This Sunday marked the final time that the coaches had any say in which Talent to keep on their teams, after bidding farewell to some extraordinary singers over the past few weeks. From now on, it’s all up to the fans who stays and who has to go each week.
These are the Top 3 acts in each team who competed for their coaches’ final votes tonight:
#TeamLIRA: Peter and John Talmarkes (26), the PJ Twins from Bonteheuwel, Sbu Dludlu (35) from Duduza, Yahto Kraft (18) from Alberton
#TeamRiky: Amy Tjasink (26) from Cape Town, Eon Claude le Roux (27) from Port Elizabeth, Ross Charles (26) from Durban
#TeamRiana: Siki Jo-An Qwazi (25) from Port Elizabeth, Lelo Ramasimong (33) from Johannesburg, Soné Joubert (27) from Gordon’s Bay
#TeamVanCoke: Tasché Burger (18) from Brackenfell in Cape Town, Anslin Gysman (23) from Philippi in Cape Town, Chezelle Shahadat (39) from Johannesburg
To keep YAHTO in the competition, SMS 04 to 33692 or vote for free on the internet
To keep SBU in the competition, SMS 03 to 33692 or vote for free on the internet
To keep ROSS in the competition, SMS 12 to 33692 or vote for free on the internet
To keep EON in the competition, SMS 11 to 33692 or vote for free on the internet
To keep CHEZELLE in the competition, SMS 14 to 33692 or vote for free on the internet
To keep ANSLIN in the competition, SMS 13 to 33692 or vote for free on the internet
To keep SONÉ in the competition, SMS 17 to 33692 or vote for free on the internet
To keep LELO in the competition, SMS 07 to 33692 or vote for free on the internet
SMSs cost R1.50 per SMS, while voting on mobi and web is free. All info on how to vote as well as the terms and conditions for voting are available here. The voting lines opened at 19:00 on Sunday, 2 June, and will close on Wednesday, 5 June, at 22:00.
Tickets for The Voice South Africa Season 3 Live Shows at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg, are available from Computicket.
A blow-by-blow account of tonight’s Live Show:
The first act up tonight to sing for the LIRA’s final vote was the PJ Twins (26) from Bonteheuwel, singing Whitney Houston’s “Run To You”. “Beautiful, elegant performance,” said their coach.
Yahto Kraft (18) from Alberton performed the ABBA classic “The Winner Takes it All” to a standing ovation from his coach and the live studio audience. “You’re so intense!” said LIRA. You have such control over your vocals – it is exquisite to watch you to do your thing.”
Single dad Sbu Dludlu (35) from Duduza dedicated the Stevie Wonder classic “As” to his two daughters. “You bring joy,” coach LIRA told Sbu. “You’re here to move people,” she said.
LIRA could only save one of her amazing acts in her last remaining Coach’s Save of the season, and she chose the PJ Twins, leaving it up to the viewers to vote to keep either Yatho or Sbu in the competition.
Next up to compete for their coach’s final Save of the season was #TeamRiky, with 26-year-old Amy Tjasink from Cape Town singing Taylor Swift’s “Love Story”. “You’ve gone through this competition being the cool and cute girl-next-door, and now you’ve added bad-ass to those titles,” said her coach.
Ross Charles (26) from Durban performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”. “You’re a great, strong, powerful person with a big voice and you deserve to be here to tell us your story,” said Riky.
And P.E.’s Eon Claude le Roux (27) performed the emotional Simple Plan ballad “Perfect” for his visibly moved coach.
Riky Rick used his final Save to keep Amy safe, leaving Ross and Eon vulnerable to the viewers’ votes.
Tasché Burger (18) from Brackenfell opened the show for #TeamVanCoke, rocking hard with the AC/DC hit “You Shook Me All Night Long”. “She’s super versatile,” said her proud coach.
Chezelle Shahadat (39) from Johannesburg sang for her second save of the night, performing the PJ Powers classic “Jabulani”. “Very solid performance,” said Francois.
And the third member of #TeamVanCoke, Philippi’s own Anslin Gysman (23) competed with the Jennifer Hudson hit “Spotlight”, which Francois thought was “divalicious”!
Francois van Coke used his final save of the season to keep Tasché on #TeamVanCoke, leaving the viewers to choose between Anslin and Chezelle.
And the final team to compete for their coach’s final save this season was #TeamRiana, with Siki Jo-Ann Qwazi (25) from Port Elizabeth leading the way with another Jennifer Hudson hit, “One Night Only”. “A singer like you comes along once in a lifetime,” said her proud coach.
Soné Joubert (27) from Gordon’s Bay performed the Laurika Rauch classic “Kinders van die Wind” for her coach’s vote, and Riana predicted that she would go on to leave deep tracks in the local music industry.
And Lelo Ramasimong (33) from Johannesburg closed out the show with Céline Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me”. “Jissie!” said Riana. “What you did on that stage, I don’t think anyone else can do.”
A tearful Riana Nel had a tough decision to make with her final vote of the season, and she saved Siki Jo-An, leaving it up to the viewers to vote to keep either Soné or Lelo in the competition.
The Voice South Africa is screened on M-Net 101 every Sunday at 17:30 and is repeated on VUZU, Channel 116, on Mondays at 20:00. It also be available on DStv Catch Up.
The Voice SA airs on Sundays at 17:30.