The Voice South Africa

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The Voice South Africa
Created byJohn de Mol
Presented byAnele Mdoda
Lungile Radu
Stacy Norman
JudgesKahn Morbee
Bobby van Jaarsveld
Karen Zoid
Riky Rick
Riana Nel
Francois Van Coke
Country of originSouth Africa
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
Original networkM-Net
Original release31 January 2016 –
Related showsThe Voice (franchise)
External links
Official website

The Voice South Africa is a South African reality singing competition and local version of The Voice first broadcast as The Voice of Holland. Its first season started on 31 January 2016 on M-Net. The second season started on 5 February 2017 on the same channel. The third season premiered on 3 February 2019.

One of the important premises of the show is the quality of the singing talent. Four coaches, themselves popular performing artists, train the talents in their group and occasionally perform with them. Talents are selected in blind auditions, where the coaches cannot see, but only hear the auditioner.

The original coaching panel of the show consists of Kahn Morbee, Lira, Bobby van Jaarsveld, and Karen Zoid. Lungile Radu and Stacy Norman were the original hosts. Season 3 saw a change in the coaching panel, replacing previous coaches and hosts. Lira is the only remaining coach being joined by Afrikaans singer Riana Nel, rapper Riky Rick and rocker Francois Van Coke. Anele Mdoda is the current host.

Coaches and hosts[edit]

Shortly after the announcement of the production of The Voice South Africa, the panellists were revealed with Kahn Morbee, Lira, Bobby van Jaarsveld, and Karen Zoid as coaches; and Lungile Radu and Stacy Norman as hosts.[1] The coaching panel and hosts remain unchanged for season 2, which aired in 2017.

On 29 August 2018, M-Net renewed The Voice South Africa for a third season.[2] On 2 November 2018, Anele Mdoda confirmed to become the new host for season 3.[3] Four days later, it was announced that Riky Rick would become a new coach for the third season[4], followed by Riana Nel on 7 November [5] and Francois Van Coke on 9 November.[6] On 8 November 2018 Lira confirmed to be returning to the show for her third season as coach.[7]

Timeline of coaches and hosts[edit]

Coach Seasons
1 2 3 4
Kahn Morbee
Bobby van Jaarsveld
Karen Zoid
Riky Rick
Riana Nel
Francois Van Coke
Host Seasons
1 2 3 4
Lungile Radu
Stacy Norman
Anele Mdoda

Coaches' advisors[edit]

Season Team Kahn Team Lira Team Bobby Team Karen
1[8] Vicky Sampson Nianell Toya Delazy Zolani Mahola
2[9] Elvis Blue Riana Nel Jimmy Nevis Emo Adams
Season Team Riky Team Lira Team Francois Team Riana
3[10] Khaya Mthethwa Ross Learmonth Majozi Jo Black

Series overview[edit]

Color Key

Series Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Fifth place Winning coach Hosts Coaches (order)
1 2 3 4
1 January 31, 2016 May 22, 2016 Richard Stirton Gavin Edwards Jeremy Olivier Almur Marais No fifth finalist Kahn Morbee Lungile Radu Stacy Norman Kahn Lira Bobby Karen
2 February 5, 2017 July 9, 2017 Craig Lucas Josh Ansley Samantha Leonard Caroline-Grace Fatman Karen Lira Bobby
3 February 3, 2019 July 7, 2019 Tasché Burger Sone Joubert Siki Jo-An Qwazi The PJ Twins Eon Le Roux Francois Van Coke Anele Mdoda Elana Afrika Riky Riana Francois
4 January 2020 June 2020 TBA Kahn Riky

Coaches' teams[edit]

     Third place
     Fourth place

  • Winners are in bold, finalists are italicized, and eliminated contestants in small font
Season Kahn Morbee Lira Bobby van Jaarsveld Karen Zoid
1 Richard Stirton
Francis Bowers
Clemour Ngobeni
Prime Zulu
Jeremy Olivier
Zoë Modiga
Robin Peters
Jono Johansen
Gavin Edwards
Vernon Barnard
Austin Lurring
Xanilee Hammond
Almur Marais
Thembeka Mnguni
Jono Grayson
Thapelo Lekoane
2 Craig Lucas
Freddy Lalendle
Zikhona "Zee" Gqamana
Luke Lovemore
Tender Mavundla
Bubbles Mnomiya
Marissa Petzer
Josh Ansley
Caroline-Grace Brüssow
Marco Basson
John-James Janse
Samantha Leonard
PJ Pretorius
Amanda Faku
Lindo Sithole
3 Riky Rick Lira Francois Van Coke Riana Nel
Eon Le Roux
Amy Tjasink
Ross Charles
The PJ Twins
Yahto Kraft
Sbu Dludlu
Krista Jones
Tasché Burger
Anslin Gysman
Chezelle Shahadat
Daniel Jay
Sone Joubert
Siki Jo-An Qwazi
Lelo Ramasimong
Elisha James
Francois Viljoen

Season synopses[edit]

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

The first season of The Voice South Africa began airing on 31 January 2016 on M-Net. The season was hosted by Lungile Radu with Stacy Norman as the V-Reporter, and are joined by coaches Kahn Morbee, Lira, Bobby van Jaarsveld, and Karen Zoid. Richard Stirton won the first season on 22 May 2016.[11]

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

The second season of The Voice South Africa began airing on 5 February 2017 on M-Net. The coaches and hosts remained the same as last season. Eight live shows were conducted this season, with five contestants advanced to the Grand Finale. For the sake of fairness and transparency, M-Net nullified the votes after the Semifinal. As M-Net couldn’t determine with certainty whether misconduct took place regarding paid-for marketing in the previous two weeks, two contestants eliminated in week 4 and 5 were brought back to the show, bringing a total of 7 finalists. Craig Lucas won the season beating fan favorite Josh Ansley.[12][13]

Season 3 (2019)[edit]

The third season of The Voice South Africa began airing on 3 February 2019 on M-Net, with returning coach Lira and new coaches Riky Rick, Riana Nel, Francois Van Coke as well as new host Anele Mdoda. Five artists advanced to the Grand Finale, with fan favorite Tasché Burger from team Francois crowned the winner. Sone Joubert and Siki Jo-An Qwazi, both from team Riana, finished in second and third place, respectively, while The PJ Twins and Eon Claude le Roux rounded up the top 5.[14]


  1. ^ "The Voice SA coaches announced!". 28 September 2015.
  2. ^ "M-Net renews The Voice South Africa for a third season, entries open until 30 September". 29 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Anele Mdoda announced as the new 'The Voice South Africa' host". 2 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Riky Rick takes a seat in the red chair on The Voice SA". 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Riana Nel joins Riky Rick as coach on The Voice SA". 7 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Rocker Francois van Coke added as the fourth and final coach on The Voice SA season 3". 9 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Lira will be in season 3 of The Voice South Africa". 9 November 2018.
  8. ^ "The Voice SA guest coaches revealed". 18 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Meet this year's The Voice SA co-coaches". 28 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Let The Battles Begin!". M-Net. 28 April 2019.
  12. ^ "The Voice SA season 2 winner crowned". 9 July 2017.
  13. ^ "The Voice SA voting results revealed". M-Net. 14 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Tasché wins The Voice South Africa!". M-net. 7 July 2019.