The grand prize for The Voice SA season two was claimed by Craig Lucas from Elsies River, Cape Town on Sunday night.
Craig, 24 and coach Khan Morbee were crowned the winners of the star search reality TV show. As the winner of the singing competition, Craig walks away with a recording contract from Universal Music. Also, R250,000 cash prize; a new car; a smartwatch and cellphone; a camera; a TV and R100‚000 worth of fashion vouchers are his.
Craig was an audience favourite during the competition. He wowed crowds with his performances right from the start. In fact, his coach Khan once described him as “the love child of John Legend and Freddy Mercury.”
During the two-hour finale which was held in Johannesburg, some of South Africa’s biggest artists collaborated with the show’s seven finalists.
According to statistics, more than 1.6 million votes were cast, an all-time record for The Voice SA. Subsequently, Lucas beat runner-up Josh Ansley as well other finalists – Samantha Leonard, Caroline Grace Brussow, PJ Pretorius, Fatman and Luke Lovemore.
Notably, last night’s contest was the first time in the history of the show that the finale was contested by seven musicians. This follows dodgy voting tactics which resulted in the return of two contestants who had previously been booted out of the contestant.
Interesting Facts About The Voice SA Season Two Winner Craig Lucas
The young man has always loved music right from a very young age. However, he didn’t let this stop him from keeping his promise to his mother Jenny Lucas to complete his studies first.
e graduated at the top of his class at Elsies River High School. While his love for music knew no bounds, Craig chose to pursue a degree in economics and politics at UCT before kickstarting his professional music career
According to his mother, Craig lost his father at the age of three and was exposed to drugs and gangsterism while growing up in a small household in a crime-and-drug-infested area in Elsies River with his older brother and mother. Notwithstanding he didn’t choose to follow that path in his life.
Though there was no adult male figure for guidance, his mother tried her best to train him into the man he is today.
Craig grew up as an introvert and would lock himself indoors to sing and write music. But this did not stop him from pursuing academic excellence as well.
He was also an active participant in various talent shows. Apparently, this helped him build his stage confidence for The Voice SA.
Craig’s mom, 62 was happy to hear that her son entered the competition. She has been a pillar of support since the competition kick-started and has attended every show since the blind auditions.
If he could perform with any artist or musician, it would be Jimmy Nevis, whom he says is an inspiration to him. He is also a huge fan of Shekhinah, according to him, there is nobody like her in South Africa.
His future plans are to record all the music he has written, master his music production skills, and produce and write music for other South African singers.
One thing he’d like to achieve before death comes knocking is to start a record label where he would write and produce music for kids with extraordinary talent, who come from areas like him (Elsies River), who may never get the opportunity to pursue their music career
Craig is a horrible driver – he failed his driver’s test five times.
He enjoys washing dishes and can take a nap anywhere.
Craig Lucas released his debut album, entitled Restless with the record label Universal Music South Africa in October 2017. Before then came his first single titled I Said This!
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The Voice South Africa is a reality singing competition and a local version of The Voice first broadcast as The Voice of Holland. Its first season was in 2016 on M-Net. The second season started on February 5th, 2017 on the same channel.