On Sunday, after receiving 10 million votes, 19-year-old Tasché Burger became the first woman and the youngest contestant to win the Voice SA.
After not having watched the preliminary rounds, I remember bumping into Francois a little after he’d put his team together and I asked him which contestant had a real chance of winning. He immediately mentioned Burger.
Fast forward a few months and the Brackenfell native is now the winner of Season 3, giving Francois his first win as a coach.
He’s ecstatic but moeg. But clearly the work doesn’t stop.
“I’m definitely going to be involved in the writing process of her album or EP or whatever she’s going to be working on next. We’re definitely going to write and collab on a song together as soon as possible,” he tells me in between trying to get some down-time after a hectic work schedule.
“In the blinds I turned because I heard her sing Koos Kombuis’ ‘Lise se Klavier’ and I’ve heard that song sung by 1000 people before and it’s never sounded that good. She has that special rasp in her voice with this vibrato – which is something you don’t hear very often.”
“In the knock outs she sang Brandi Carlile’s ‘The Story’ and I worked with her for the first time helping her with direction, she took that direction so well, she could change her performance so easily and she was so confident in what she was doing. From that point I thought, she’s a major contender and she might probably win it,” he smiles.
Yesterday Francois announced that she would be joining him onstage at his Francois Van Coke & Vriende event in Pretoria in October and rightfully so.
Here’s hoping they duet “Toe Vind Ek Jou” again. Lekker.
All photos courtesy of Henry Engelbrecht.