Johannesburg, 10 July 2017 – An all-new Subaru Impreza Premium was handed over to 23-year old Craig Lucas from Elsies River last night, as the winner of The Voice South Africa season 2. The handover was made at the end of this week’s showstopper grand finale which was broadcast live on M-Net and M-Net City from the Mosaiek Teatro in Fairland, Johannesburg.
More than 1.6 million votes – an all-time record for The Voice SA – were cast in the dramatic final week of voting during which seven incredible singers competed for the show’s grand prize. In the end, Craig beat versatile vocalist and runner-up Josh Ansley (31) as well as Samantha Leonard (24), Caroline Grace Brussow (31), PJ Pretorius (26), Fatman (41) and Luke Lovemore (23).
Craig, who was one of the audience favorites right from the start, made his first foray into singing on stage with his soulful The Voice SA Blind Audition of “House of The Rising Sun”. While music has always been his passion he first had to keep his promise to his mother – to complete his studies. The new Voice of South Africa now holds an honors degree in Finance from the University of Cape Town. During each round of the competition, Craig wowed the audience with his unique interpretations of popular songs, demonstrating why coach Moby Kahn called him “the love child of John Legend and Freddy Mercury”.
Subaru Southern Africa was the official vehicle partner to The Voice SA Season 2. Marketing Manager for Subaru Southern Africa, Ashley Lazarus says “As Subaru, we were privileged to have been part of this season. Through our partnership with the show, we have been able to launch our award-winning new Subaru Impreza and XV. As the winner of the ultimate singing contest, we believe Craig deserves nothing less than an award-winning* car to complement”.
*The 2017 Subaru Impreza is the 2016-2017 Japanese Car of the Year and also holds the title of the only small car in its segment to achieve an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award for its safety technology including Subaru EyeSight, driver assist technology.