Craig Lucas received a hero’s welcome when he arrived home in Elsies River on Saturday.
The Season 2 winner of The Voice SA was in Cape Town for a whirlwind visit with his family, and to perform at the Supersport Challenge final in Ravensmead yesterday.
The crooner from Matroosfontein scooped the coveted title last Sunday and became the second consecutive winner from Cape Town, following Richard Stirton.
Craig’s prize includes R250 0000 in cash, a car from Subaru and a recording contract with Universal Music.
He jets back to Joburg today to start working on his new single, which will drop “soon”, according to The Voice SA publicist Ingrid Engelbrecht.
His mom, Jenny Lucas, 52, tells the Daily Voice: “As Craig’s family, we are absolutely excited to spend some quality time with him, celebrating him before he flies off to Joburg again!”
The Lucas family waited for Craig at Cape Town International Airport on Saturday and not even a flight delay could dampen their spirits.
At home, neighbours came out in their numbers despite the yskoue weather to welcome their hero.
And yesterday, people cheered when Craig came onto the field in Florida Park to sing the national anthem at the SS Challenge final.
Craig, who holds an honours degree in finance, met and greeted his new fans, and thanked everyone for their support as he embarks on his new career.
Craig gave up his job as a retail planner with Truworths to pursue his music career.
Engelbrecht says besides the recording contract, Craig also has the support of the Universal PR machine which will manage him for the duration of his reign.
“Craig will have a management team which will guide him as he launches his career,” said Engelbrecht.
She was also quick to point out that when artists are not seen or heard, it does not mean that they are not working.
“Many artists are successfully working the corporate scene and this is very lucrative for them.”
Meanwhile Craig is excited to start recording and it’s not clear when he will be back in the Mother City.
“I miss my family, but we have already started working on new music so I will just have to wait a little longer to get home,” he told the Weekend Argus.
Asked about the success rate the Western Cape has enjoyed in recent reality contests, Engelbrecht added: “It must be something in the water.”