FIRE­FIGHTER MIKE’S BLAZE OF GLORY ON TV’S THE VOICE

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - TYLER MEARS [email protected]­line.co.uk

HE’S more used to putting them out, but Welsh fire­fighter Mike Platt was on fire as he au­di­tioned for ITV ta­lent show The Voice on Satur­day night.

Open­ing the first show of the se­ries, the 32-year-old on-call fire­man, who is based at Aber­dare sta­tion, turned up the heat with his ren­di­tion of Show Me Heaven by Maria Mc­kee.

His stun­ning per­for­mance man­aged to wow all four judges, as Sir Tom Jones, Olly Murs, Jen­nifer Hud­son and Will.i.am all turned their chairs for him.

“Mike, your voice was so amaz­ing. I don’t think I’ve ever re­ally heard a voice like yours be­fore,” Jen­nifer said, while Will de­scribed his per­for­mance as “spec­tac­u­lar” and Olly begged for Mike to join his team.

But it was Sir Tom who struck it lucky, as Mike de­cided to join his fel­low Welsh­man to be­come the first singer in Team Tom.

“I feel like maybe, I won’t be al­lowed back in Aber­dare if I didn’t choose Tom,” Mike said on the show.

Speak­ing ahead of his au­di­tion on Satur­day night, Mike said: “My crew in work – they know that I sing.

“They like to have a bit of a joke and a bit of ban­ter, but se­cretly, they think I’m al­right.

“The dream for me has al­ways been to be a pro­fes­sional singer.

“Mu­sic is one of the most im­por­tant things in my life, as well as my fam­ily.”

Mike, who has two young daugh­ters called Court­ney and Mad­di­son, de­scribed them as be­ing his “num­berone fans”.

“Mu­sic is what I want to do,” he added.

“For a while now I’ve put it on the back burner and just tried to con­cen­trate on be­ing a dad. To­day gives me the op­por­tu­nity to make it my dream.

“I re­ally want to make my chil­dren proud.”

Mike has al­ready re­ceived a huge re­sponse on­line, with many de­scrib­ing his per­for­mance as “bril­liant”, “amaz­ing” and “su­perb”.

Post­ing to his Face­book page Mike Platt Singer, Mike wrote: “So last night couldn’t have gone bet­ter thank you all so much for the love and sup­port. For now it’s back to work @thevoiceuk @re­al­sir­tomjones #team­tom #fire­fighter #rock­n­roll #thevoiceuk”

South Wales Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, also posted to Face­book: “Did you see On-Call fire­fighter Mike Platt from Aber­dare Sta­tion on The Voice tonight? Well done Mike for be­com­ing part of #Team­Tom with Sir Tom Jones, from us all at #TeamSouthWales.”

Chief Fire Of­fi­cer, Huw Jake­way, also tweeted: “Fan­tas­tic and every­one is so proud.

“You not only smashed it but you also done an amaz­ing job of pro­mot­ing SWFire­andRes­cue and the on-call duty sys­tem!! Su­per­star.”

Mike Platt wowed The Voice judges with his ren­di­tion of Show Me Heaven by Maria Mc­kee. Below, Mike’s wife and chil­dren sup­ported him from back­stage

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