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The voice finalists 4fA week before the "The Voice SA" finale, all of the songs performed by the Top 13 can be listened to on Apple Music, and bought on iTunes.

Universal Music South Africa is giving the talent a taste of what it is like to record their own tracks and have their music made available for public release. The record company that will also be giving the winner of the show a recording contract – are releasing two "The Voice SA" albums this week and next week respectively.

This week will feature 13 songs from the Top 13, and next week will feature tracks from the talent performing in the finale. To find out how to download or listen to your favourite singers' songs, visit www.mnet.tv/thevoice.

The great news come after Zoe from #TeamLira was offered a feature on Kahn Morbee's forthcoming album, and the eliminated Thapelo Lekoane invited to join Lira on her Standard Bank Joy of Jazz appearance this year.

In more good news, next week's live finale will be simulcast both on M-Net Channel 101 as well as sister channel M-Net City Channel 115, which is available on DStv Compact. Furthermore, Thembeka has been invited to join Karen Zoid on her "Republic of Zoid Afrika" tour, and a "big surprise" for the rising star whom Karen promised to look after and protect from record companies and all people who chose to work with her beyond the contest.

As it stands, the four talent who were saved by South Africa are fitter-and-turner apprentice, Almur Marais (25), whose also become known as "Stilfontein; blind singer Vernon Barnard (22); the UJ student The voice finalists 2with the deep voice Clemour (24); and family man Jeremy Olivier (40) from Cape Town. They join powerhouse divas Thembeka Mnguni (32) from Durban, Zoe Modiga (22) who is originally from Pietermaritzburg and now studying in Cape Town, supercool Capetonian Richard Stirton (22), as well as Gavin Edwards (37), who is trying to make a comeback after experiencing the bad side of a rock-and-roll lifestyle.

As the coaches have no more say in the outcome of the competition, the voting public will decide this week which performers get to have a last go at grabbing the title, the sought-after contract from Universal music and more than R800 000 worth of prizes during next week's live finale from Sasani Studios in Johannesburg.

The voting lines for the eight remaining singers – two from each coach – will close as per usual on Thursday night at 10pm. Thereafter, the voting figures will determine who will be representing each of the coaches – Karen Zoid, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Lira and Kahn Morbee – in the last showdown on Sunday, 22 May. One of these four singers, as voted for by the public this week and the live finale, will then be named The Voice of South Africa.

Here are the voting details for your favourites in the Top 8: In #TeamBobby voters have to choose between the 22-year old blind singer Vernon Barnard [voting no 06] and 37-year-old Gavin Edwards [voting no 02 ]. In #TeamKaren the vote is between Almur Marais (25) from Stilfontein [voting no 17] or Thembeka Mnguni (32) from Durban [voting no 23].

In #TeamKahn the race is on between students Clemour Ngobeni (24) from Midrand [voting no 09] and Richard Stirton (22) from Cape Town [voting no 16], and #TeamLira's Top 2 are: Jeremy Olivier (40) from Cape Town [voting no 27] and Zoë Modiga (22) from Pietermaritzburg [voting no 32].

You can also join The Voice SA conversation on "The Voice SA" Facebook page, and via Twitter on @VoiceSA with the hashtag #TheVoiceSA, or use your WeChat account and check in with the ID MNetTV. (But remember that Facebook and Twitter comments do not count as votes!)

Penulultimate battle excites

Boys savedAfter pairing up some fantastic talent against each other this past Sunday, "The Voice SA" coaches Karen Zoid, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Lira and Kahn Morbee again had to make some tough decisions on the show's fiercer than ever Battle round.

As the rules of the competition prescribe, the coach who has prepped the talent for these sing-offs, also faces the often impossible task of picking a winner to proceed to the next round. This week, however, one coach's loss became another one's gain – twice!

Karen choked up when powerhouse singer Thembeka Mnguni (33) from Durban battled Blaque Harmony (pictured hugging) - the inspiring duo of Karabo Makwela (24) and Botlhale Phora (20) - with the U2 anthem "With Or Without You". The teary-eyed and very proud Karen said that she was watching and listening to true artists giving her hope for music in South Africa and made her decision based on the fact that she believed that she could take the winner of the Battle all the way to the top. When Thembeka heard that she was the one, coach Lira immediately snatched up the two guys from Ga-Rankuwa with her one and only available Steal.

This means that Blaque Harmony will now compete as part of #TeamLira in the live shows, during which the voting public will also have a say.

In the second Steal of the evening, coach Bobby zapped one of #TeamLira's members when she experienced a similar conundrum. Seasoned performer and family man Jeremy Olivier (40) from Cape Town, who quickly discovered that he still has a lot to learn, was up against the barely-out-of-school 20-year-old Durban student Austin Lurring when they battled with "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars. They both delivered mesmerising performances, prompting Lira to consult with her co-coach Nianell. They then went with Jeremy, giving Bobby the gap to steal Austin. "I fought for him from Day One," he grinned. "And you didn't choose me!" he reminded Austin. "But you're on Team Bobby now."

For her next Battle of the evening, Lira paired the successful Bloemfontein singer-songwriter William Wolf (33) against 21-year-old Zoë Modiga from Pietermaritzburg – who won a SAMRO music scholarship in 2015 to study anywhere in the world, but decided to enter "The Voice SA" instead. Their Battle of the Bryan Adams hit "Heaven" gave her "nightmares", Lira said, and she had to consult co-coach Nianell again. Lira admitted that she would love to work with William as a songwriter, "but I almost sense that what you have to offer might be swallowed up in this competition," she told him, "so it makes sense to put Zoë through."

Even though he only had one clash in this episode, Bobby complained of "always getting the difficult ones". Kim Collins, the 37-year-old single mom and hairdresser and the spunky 24-year-old Chris Werge, both from Cape Town, brought their A-game with Sam Smith's "Stay With Me". Co-coach Toya Delazy was called in and after some consideration, Bobby opted to give Kim the opportunity to move forward in the competition.