The first season of The Voice SA ended on a high note for some of the “losers” who’ve been snatched up by a record company.
Meanwhile, M-Net has cleared up how Richard Stirton, 22, from Rondebosch, was chosen as the winner of the singing contest.
This after M-Net suffered a “technical glitch”, which meant that the votes for the final four on Sunday night could not be counted.
Viewers had one hour to vote online and via WeChat messenger after the Top 4 singers were announced, but M-Net’s head of publicity Lani Lombard says their systems just couldn’t keep up.
They then decided to use the Top 8 votes to crown the winner.
She explains: “Historically all the issues that we’ve had up until now were always on the SMS platforms, so that was the reason why we didn’t do that [on Sunday] because we know that the volumes can create a problem.
“We did test our capacity… in fact we tested with volumes up to 36 000 per second, so we’re not sure exactly what went wrong, it was some kind of technical error somewhere.
Meanwhile Richard also has to deal with The Voice“winner’s curse” – in the USA, the show has yet to produce a superstar.
But Richards says he won’t be weighed down: “I think it’s how you handle it… at the end of the day it’s just a label and people will hopefully forget it.”
Singers Zoë Modiga, 22, and Thembeka Mnguni, 32, also did not leave empty-handed after they were both offered recording contracts with Universal Music South Africa.
An ecstatic Thembeka says: “I feel like I’ve won. The only difference between me and Richard is the fact that he got a car and the R200 000!”
Capetonian Zoë indicated that she would be calling Johannesburg home for now and says: “Hopefully I will release original music soon.”
Internet sensation Vernon Barnard, 22, the blind singer from Strand who shot to fame after his first audition, is also reaching for the stars.
The Voice SA’s future is still uncertain. M-Net has not yet announced whether there will be a Season 2.