The Voice South Africa Riana Nel and Joe Black
The Voice South Africa Riana Nel and Joe Black

It’s The Voice South Africa Battles time and Sunday, 28 April 2019 marked the start of the most excruciating phase of these ferocious The Voice SA Battles! The first four winners now go through to the Lives.

The four coaches, Riky Rick, Riana Nel, Lita and Francois van Coke, are now forced to pair up the members of their own team and pit them against each with the same song.

The winner of this vocal showdown – which is definitely not a duet but a vocal fight of note – then proceeds to the next round The Voice SA’s Lives, during which the voting public have all the say.

Unfortunately, during the The Voice South Africa Battles only one of the two singers can remain in the competition. There are no Saves and no Steals and the decision is solely in the hands of the coach who groomed the talent.

To prep their talent for the Battles, the coaches pull out all the stops. They even bring in professional help to up the skills of their teams. Lira leafed through her address book and roped in Ross Learmouth of Prime Circle. Riky Rick selected Khaya Mthethwa  as his co-coach, singer-songwriter and arranger. Francois van Coke asked Majozi to be his co-coach. And Riana Nel selected Afrikaans rocker Joe Black to teach her talent how to wow an audience.

The Voice SA Season 3 Episode 13 Nikita and Daniel
The Voice SA Season 3 Episode 13 Nikita and Daniel

The Voice SA Season 3 Episode 13 – 5 great vocalists

In the end, the evening’s epic Battles were won by Krista Jones, Amy Tjasink, Daniel Jay, Lelo Ramisong and Yahto Kraft. These five incredible vocalists will thus continue their Voice SA journey at the Lives, to be held at the Mosaik Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg.

In her first Battle for the evening, Lira pitched Krista Jonas (29) against fellow Capetonian Petro De Villiers (36) with Irene Cara’s hit Fame. She later had to make another difficult choice when two more strong  singers Yahto Kraft (18) from Alberton and  Itu Sings (37) from Saulsville, Pretoria, were fighting it out with the U2 anthem Pride.

In #TeamRiky Rick Amy Tjasink (26), who was concerned that she was getting too squeaky in the song, beat Joshua Parker (19) from Fourways, Johannesburg, when they performed  the Marshmelo hit Happier.

Coach Francois van Coke had to choose between Daniel Jay (23) from Port Elizabeth and Cape Town songbird Nikita Williams (25), singing Human, from British superstar Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

And Riana Nel pitched Lelo Ramasimong (33) from Johannesburg against 23-year-old Ilan van Staden from Krugersdorp for yet another unforgettable showdown – and difficult decision.

While this Battle winners will all appear in the Lives, The Voice SA host Anele Mdoda also announced which singers from The Voice SA KnockOut Rounds were saved by the fans in the Strepsils Knockout Viewers’ Save.

Carmen Basson (19) from Kroonstad was saved in #Team Lira ; Katlego Makgotlwe (23) from Vosloorus in #TeamRiky;  Soné Joubert (27) from Gordon’s Bay in #TeamRiana; and Ashur Petersen (26) from Cape Town in #TeamFrancois.

Now the fans get to vote again which two of these singers they would like to see Battle it out against each other in the first Live Show in the the Strepsils Viewers’Battle.

Strepsils Viewers Battle

To put Carmen in the Battle, SMS 01 to 33692 or vote for free on the internet at mnet.tv/thevoice

To put Katlego in the Battle, SMS 02 to 33692 or vote for free on the internet at mnet.tv/thevoice

To put Soné in the Battle, SMS 03 to 33692 or vote for free on the internet at mnet.tv/thevoice

To put Ashur in the Battle, SMS 04 to 33692 or vote for free on the internet at mnet.tv/thevoice

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. Voting lines opened at 7pm on Sunday, 28 April, and will close on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 at 10pm.

Amy Tjasnik and Joshua Parker at The Voice South Africa Battles
Amy Tjasnik and Joshua Parker at The Voice South Africa Battles

The Voice SA Battle Rounds lowdown

Lira took her team to Jozi’s Joburg Theatre for their Battle prep, to give them a taste of what’s possible for them in their future careers. Working with the #TeamLIRA co-coach Ross Learmouth she teamed Krista Jonas (29) and Petro De Villiers (36), to perform Fame. Krista was struck by a bad case of stage fright in rehearsals, but she thought of her daughter Kayla to remind her of why she was there, and the Capetonians delivered a blistering performance that had the studio audience on their feet.

“That was a boxing match!” Riana Nel marveled. She said Petro sounded better in this performance than ever up to this point in the competition, but that Krista still has notes “hidden inside of her” that she didn’t show in this performance. Coach Lira said she couldn’t be prouder of Petro, but Krista still didn’t quite trust her talent, she said. Nevertheless, it was the 29-year-old single mom from Mitchells Plain, Krista Jonas, who won the Battle!

Next up was #TeamRiky, and Riky Rick took his team to a boxing gym for the pairing announcements, to get them in the right frame of mind. Coach Riky pitched Joshua Parker, the 19-year-old performing arts coach in from Fourways against Amy Tjasnik (26) from Cape Town.

In rehearsals Amy was on a back foot and she didn’t have her trusty guitar to shield her. “It’s going to be a tough Battle,” she predicted, and she proved correct. Francois van Coke commended Amy for stepping out of her performance comfort zone and he thought Josh’s vocals were sounding “sick”. “That was a beautiful Battle,” said a happy coach Riky, before announcing Amy Tjasnik as his winner.

Coach Francois van Coke showed #TeamVanCoke the bar that he co-owns with his band Fokofpolisiekar in Pretoria, to give them some inspiration on building a “brand” for themselves. He pitched Daniel Jay (23) from Port Elizabeth against Cape Town songbird Nikita Williams (25), and his #TeamVanCoke co-coach was Durban-born indie-folk singer and songwriter Majozi. Riky Rick said Nikita – who was originally in #TeamRiky before Francois stole her in the KnockOuts – came out fighting, “and that’s a spirit that nobody can take away from you”, he told her. Francois was very uncomfortable having to make a choice, but those are the rules, and he declared Daniel Jay the winner.

Riana Nel took her team to the Sun Arena at Time Square because she wants them to dream big, she said. She pitted the experienced musical theater actress Lelo Ramasimong (33) from Johannesburg against 23-year-old Ilan van Staden from Krugersdorp.

“We’re the shocker pairing of the competition!” Ilan laughed nervously. Assisted by co-coach Joe Black, they rehearsed the Ed Sheeran hit Shape of You. Ilan was intimidated in rehearsals because Lelo is older and so much more experienced as a performer. “I should step up. And I will,” he vowed. But he needn’t have worried – “you were right up there with Lelo,” Riky Rick congratulated him. Ilan’s coach told him she’s very proud of him. “I don’t want to make a choice,” she wailed, but she had to, and the winner of this Battle was Lelo Ramasimong.

For #TeamLIRA’s second Battle LIRA pitched 18-year-old Yahto Kraft from Alberton against Itu Sings (37) from Saulsville, Pretoria, singing Pride. “This was a Battle!” said Riky Rick, who was happy not to have to choose between them. “For me this was a draw,” he said. But unfortunately coach LIRA could not bend the rules again, as she did in the Blind Auditions, and she decided to take Yahto Kraft through to the Live Shows.

The Battles continue to rage on The Voice South Africa next Sunday, 5 May 2019.

The Voice South Africa premieres on M-Net 101 every Sunday at 5.30pm and is repeated on VUZU, Channel 116, on Mondays at 8pm. It’s also available on DStv CatchUp. Fans can visit mnet.tv and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #TheVoiceSA and on the official M-Net Facebook page

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