report & pictures by Paul Jackson
TWO best friends from Warrington had the judges in a spin on popular TV talent show The Voice last night.
Mo Adeniran and Max Vickers were among talented hopefuls hoping to break through into the world of music and they certainly did themselves and the town proud – where less than 12 months ago they were performing at a charity concert following the tragic death of their teenage friend Mike Carter.
The show began with the 4 presenters singing Under Pressure and despite the fact that they must have been feeling it the boys showed little nerves as they both performed amazingly well progressing through to the next round.
The two singers share a house and are best friends and supported each other throughout their performances.
First up was Max from Stockton Heath, with his own unique take on the classic Paul Simon hit, Call me Al. The crowd at the arena loved the fantastic performance and just before time ran out Gavin Rossdale, former singer with Bush, spun the chair. A split second too late Sir Tom Jones also hit the button but was left cursing his bad luck missing out on the chance to have Max in his team.
Max just missed out on the X-Factor in 2011 when judge Gary Barlow sent him home saying his voice was “too different.”
Ending the show came Mo with his soulful rendition of the Paolo Nutini song Iron Sky. From the first note he nailed the performance and finished to a standing ovation from the crowd as the judges all turned their chairs to hopefully bag Mo for their team.
In fact so keen were they to scoop him up that they were pleading with the 21 year old to choose them. After much deliberation Jennifer Hudson, herself a talent show winner, was his choice.
Both local lads have come a long way in such a short space of time and it was less than a year ago that they were performing an acoustic set together at Eagle Sports Club at the memorial gig for their friend and fellow musician, Mike Carter, who sadly passed away aged just 19.
This year the gig For One Mike Only is at the Auction Rooms, Legh Street on April 28.