In only just four weeks, The Spotlight Season 2 has racked up a whopping 150 000 votes!

Though this number of votes is still nowhere near the record of about half a million votes registered during the first season of the competition, these figures recorded in only just four weeks this season, accentuate that The Spotlight is without a doubt the biggest music talent platform in the country.

It is also worth noting that due to changes that were made in The Spotlight Season 2 to adapt to the new normal, this year’s nomination rounds and voting period was reduced by almost  half compared to the previous season’s series.

Just last week alone, The Spotlight registered an amazing 42 334 votes!

MTN Senior Manager Consumer Meshack Maseko said this is yet again another astounding achievement for the show.

“This is really amazing! We thank Emaswati for supporting these talented young people and the competition from last year. We are cognizant of the fact that this year is a difficult time for all of us and it caught us unaware, nonetheless the support from Emaswati for this competition and participating young people is unbelievable,” he said.

Over the past weekend, the ladies’ dominated top eight was whittled down to the top five. Only one male contestants Sihle Fakudze made it to the top five-he is the only thorn amongst four roses.   

The Spotlight top five is made up of Sihle Fakudze, Thembumenzi Mkhonta, Naledi Masuku, Tselile Dlamini and Sethu Magagula, as Irven Msibi, Lisa Mavuso and Zanoxolo Maseko crashed out of the competition.  

With only five contestants left, the competition continues to heat up on The Spotlight. Maseko encouraged Emaswati to carry on with the excitement and keep the votes coming until the very end of the competition.  

“To keep your favorite contestant on The Spotlight, dial *7768# and then select the contestant’s number. You can also vote by visiting Y’elloHub:, click Vote 4 Me on the contestant you wish to vote for and follow the prompts,” said Maseko. The Top 5 voting window will close on Friday at 3:00pm.     

The Spotlight host Thamsanqa ‘KrTC’ Sibandze said votes by Emaswati go hand-in-hand with the tallies of the competition judges who have kept their fingers on the pulse of the competition.