Aleks Josh, a 17-year-old lifeguard and amateur actor from Stevenage, has made it through the first stage of the BBC’s new talent show.
The young man was an instant hit with judges will.i.am (of Black Eyed Peas) and Danny (O’Donoghue, frontman of The Script) during the second heat of blind auditions of The Voice UK at the weekend.
Within seconds of starting to sing Jason Miraz’s “I’m Yours”, will.i.am had chosen Aleks, although it was Danny who the teenager eventually went with.
“Your voice has star quality,” will.i.am told him. While, Danny said, “That was one hell of a performance. Well done.”
Aleks clearly had a hard time deciding which coach to choose. However, after some deliberation, the young man went with Danny, telling him, “I like your songs, I like your band.” He seemed embarrassed at not choosing will.i.am, particularly as the rapper had been the first to turn round. But he needn’t have worried, with will.i.am telling him it was fine.
Making a splashAleks Josh is of Serbian descent and, according to Unreality TV, decided to use his first and middle names for his music career because his real name is difficult to pronounce. The lad, who already has a music manager, Lou al Chamaa, works as a lifeguard at the swimming baths in Stevenage and is a member of the Stevenage Lytton Players.
Following his initial success on the show, his fellow Lytton Players sent their congratulations: “Well done to our fellow thesp @aleksjosh who just got through 1st round on the Voice! Well done!”
The Voice UK is the latest talent reality show to hit British television screens. Its first series started on Saturday, 24 March. It is presented by Reggie Yates and, as well as will.i.am and Danny O’Donoghue, the other judges/coaches are Jessie J and Sir Tom Jones.