The Voice SA: This is It

11 April 2016
Find out who made it through during the final Battle.
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The tension was thick in the air in the final Battle episode of The Voice SA's first season. Coaches Karen Zoid, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Kahn Morbee and Lira had to fill the last spots on their respective teams - and everyone knew very well that coach Kahn still had the opportunity to use his one and only "Steal".  

The first vocal gladiators to step into the ring to either win their coach’s favour or persuade Kahn to press his buzzer for a "Steal" were dynamic session singers Nadine Sisam (28) from Cape Town and 35-year-old Tracey-Lee Olivier from Johannesburg. The coaches raved about their powerful performance of Mango Groove’s Hellfire and Karen wanted to kick herself for pairing up such strong singers. After consulting all the co-coaches – Zolani, Toya Delazy, Nianell and Vicky Sampson – Karen declared Nadine the winner, but Kahn unfortunately didn’t make a move to get Tracey-Lee into his team.   

Kahn’s "Steal" buzzer remained silent after #TeamBobby’s Jessica Martins (18) from Ballito and Xanilee Hammond (21) from Alberton, had given their all with the Beatles classic Let It Be. Even though Jessica had been sick and didn’t have a voice for most of the rehearsal period, Bobby commended her courage. Despite Jessica’s determination, he still felt that Xanilee would be the one he'd be able to take furthest in the competition. 

Kahn finally stepped in when El Clay (25) from Vredendal in the Western Cape took on Cape Town’s Robin Pieters (26) in One Direction’s pop hit Drag Me Down. Both contenders turned all four of the coaches’ chairs during their Blind auditions, and when coach Lira chose Robin, Kahn immediately nabbed his charismatic opponent with his one and only "Steal". “I fought hard for El Clay in the Blind Auditions,” he noted. “Your voice ...” he told his newest team member, “no matter where people are in the world, they’re going to turn that dial up.”

As for his original team, Kahn paired up eclectic singer-songwriter Eden Myrrh (24) from Cape Town with the 27-year-old vocal coach and jazz singer Chloe Clark from Durban on the Elton John classic Rocket Man, which Chloe admitted she had never even heard before! Kahn predicted that this would be his most difficult Battle, and he was right. In the end, Eden was the one receiving good news, making it into the live rounds of the series. 

#TeamLira’s final Battle was an epic showdown between divas Kimberleigh van der Ventel (19) and Busisiwe Mutlaka (23), singing Adele’s Chasing Pavements. “I’m going to go purely on the performance tonight,” Lira told her singers after their rousing performance, “because you are equally so amazing. So the winner is Busisiwe.”

A very proud Bobby was also in awe of the performers in his last Battle. Former boyband member Abel Knobel (24) from Pretoria performed One Republic’s Counting Stars with 22-year-old Vernon Barnard from Strand, who made headlines around the country when he reduced Bobby to helpless tears with his Blind Audition. “Tjo, this is going to be my most difficult one,” Coach Bobby admitted, but he had to render a verdict, and Vernon it was. 

The Battle rounds of The Voice SA’s first season came to a stirring conclusion with #TeamKahn’s titanic Battle between James Freedom (26) from Ballito and Cape Town’s Richard Stirton (22), performing James Bay’s Hold Back The River.  In the end, Kahn gave Richard the go-ahead. 

From next week Sunday, viewers will also have a say in the outcome of the competition. In the first live show, four team members from each coach will perform live from Sasani Studios in Johannesburg, and while each coach will be able to save one singer from their team, it will be up to the voting public to decide which of the remaining four singers will remain in the game. 

Voting details will be available during Sunday night’s show on The Voice SA’s official website www.mnet.tv/thevoice

Herewith a full breakdown of the singers who survived the brutal Battles:  


Richard Stirton (22) from Cape Town

Eden Myrrh (24) from Cape Town

El Clay (25) from Vredendal [STEAL]

Johan Anker (23) from Johannesburg

Clement “Clemour” Ngobeni (24) from Midrand

Francis Bowers (23) from Melkbosstrand

Lara Gear (19) from Pretoria

Prime Zulu (27) from Durban


Busisiwe Mutlaka (23) from Johannesburg

Robin Pieters (26) from Cape Town

Jono Johansen (19) from Durban

Meyrand Roux (28) from Brits

Sibulele Miti (27) from Cape Town

“Blaque Harmony” [Karabo Makwela (24) and Botlhale Phora (20)] from Pretoria [STEAL]

Zoë Modiga from Pietermaritzburg

Jeremy Oliver (40) from Cape Town


Vernon Barnard (22) from Strand

Zoe Mtila (23) from Port Elizabeth

Lana Crowster (28) from Cape Town

Noelene Olivier (25) from Johannesburg

Gavin Edwards (37) from Johannesburg

Kim Collins (37) from Cape Town

Austin Lurring (20) from Durban [STEAL]

Xanilee Hammond (21) from Alberton


Nadine Sisam (28) from Cape Town

Mbijana Sibisi (24) from Durban [STEAL]

Zaretha Duvenage (23) from Pretoria

Thapelo Lekoane (29) from Alexandra

Almur Marais (25) from Pretoria

Marcel De Almeida (22) from Pretoria

Thembeka Mnguni (33) from Durban

Jono Grayson (23) from Cape Town

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