Lo­cal lad makes good in ‘Voice SA’

Craig Lu­cas from Elsies River the only Western Cape con­tes­tant in top seven of re­al­ity TV show

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - AN­DREW ROBERT­SON

WITH just weeks left be­fore the crown­ing of the sec­ond win­ner of The Voice South Africa, Craig Lu­cas from Elsies River is the only Western Cape con­tes­tant in the top seven.

Lu­cas, 24, was in­spired to en­ter af­ter watch­ing the first sea­son of the show, de­spite not hav­ing sung for large crowds and suf­fer­ing from stage fright.

Week­end Ar­gus spoke to the con­tes­tant be­tween re­hearsals this week.

Five weeks ago, Lu­cas grad­u­ated from UCT in eco­nomics and pol­i­tics and is now will­ing to put a promis­ing ca­reer in the cor­po­rate world on hold while he pur­sues his love for mu­sic.

His in­volve­ment with The Voice be­gan when his friends per­suaded him to au­di­tion for the sec­ond sea­son.

“For many years, I had been avoid­ing it, as much as I wanted to (per­form),” he said.I have been watch­ing The Voice for many years and when I heard it was com­ing to South Africa for the first sea­son I was go­ing to go, but I chick­ened out, like I al­ways do. Af­ter watch­ing the sea­son my friends sort of forced me to go to the au­di­tions for the sec­ond one, which I did.”

Lu­cas’s per­for­mance of House of the Ris­ing Sun re­sulted in all four coaches press­ing their buzzers.

The singer chose Kahn Mor­bee to be his coach.

“The whole at­mos­phere of the show is so dif­fer­ent, not like other tal­ent shows. Be­ing on the show is quite en­cour­ag­ing.

“The au­di­tions hap­pened and I didn’t think I’ll get this far. “I didn’t re­ally have any sort of singing (ex­pe­ri­ence) be­fore The Voice. I had been suf­fer­ing from stage fright for a num­ber of years. I al­ways wanted to per­form, but I couldn’t phys­i­cally do it.”

Lu­cas said one of the high­lights of the ex­pe­ri­ence had been was get­ting to work with some top pro­duc­ers and mu­sic direc­tors in the coun­try.

“Get­ting to work with Kahn re­ally brings out the best in you. Ev­ery week you get to grow in leaps and bounds from some­body who couldn’t even stand on a stage be­fore to look­ing for­ward to be­ing on the show ev­ery Sun­day, I think that’s one of the best things for me.

“It’s still scary get­ting on stage. I get a bit ner­vous, but just even see­ing how far I have come I’m im­pressed with my­self be­cause pre­vi­ously when I would per­form I would black out and would not re­mem­ber the per­for­mance.”

Lu­cas said he had re­ceived over­whelm­ing sup­port from home and the peo­ple in his com­mu­nity. “These op­por­tu­ni­ties don’t re­ally show them­selves to us there and it’s an hon­our when kids tell me these dreams are pos­si­ble.”

Lu­cas, who has writ­ten more than 100 songs, said if he did not win there was a chance he would con­tinue with his ca­reer by col­lab­o­rat­ing with fel­low con­tes­tants and mak­ing his dream a re­al­ity.

Lu­cas will per­form Prince’s Pur­ple Rain today at 5.30pm on M-Net 101.

To vote for Lu­cas via SMS text 01 to 33692 or via Wechat add the ID mnettv.

Craig Lu­cas from Elsies River will per­form on Voice SA today at 5.30pm on M-Net 101.

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