22-year-old Richard Stirton could not believe his ears when the host Lungile Radu called his name – did he just become the first ever Voice SA winner? overwhelmed by the excitement, he fell into a heap on the floor.
The Voice SA winner
Richard Stirton is a BCom student at the University of Cape Town and a session musician who after injuring his back while playing cricket decided to pick up a guitar.
At the finale before the announcement of The Voice SA winner, both Richard Stirton and one other favourite of the audience, Gavin Edwards, were the last men standing.
However, the result that was used to announce the winner was forked with a lot of controversy surrounding it. This was revealed when it was announced that they will not be counting the votes from the live show yesterday because of a technical glitch.
In other words, the votes from a previous show were used to determine the final winner.
The headlines during the week featured both Stirton and Edwards after their songs made it to the top of the SA iTunes chart.
Thembeka Mnguni and Zoe Modiga – who did not make it to the top four were not left out in the evening surprise as the Universal Music also offered them recording deals.
This came as a pleasant surprise considering that only the winner walks away with a recording deal from Universal Music company.
Stirton spoke with much admiration for his mentor and coach Kahn Morbee.
“You grow up listening to guys. Sometimes when he’s singing I want to say: ‘Hey, that sounds like Kahn from The Parlotones’. Then I realise it is Kahn from The Parlotones.”
Richard Stirton will be dropping his first single in two weeks and also go on a tour with The Parlotones.
Meanwhile, Kahn says he feels intimidated by Richard because he’s never had a number 1 hit on the charts and Richard has done it already.