Leeds singer heads back to pushing pineapples after TV talent show flop

Dene Michael on BBC One's The Voice. Picture:  Guy Levy/Wall To Wall/BBC/PA Wir
Dene Michael on BBC One's The Voice. Picture: Guy Levy/Wall To Wall/BBC/PA Wir
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When it came to impressing the judges on talent show The Voice, Leeds singer Dene Michael failed to Agadoo it.

The lead singer of 1980s novelty band Black Lace had hoped to reveal a more soulful side at the blind auditions on Saturday night, with his rendition of George Benson track Never Give Up on a Good Thing.

But the performer best known for dancefloor fillers “Agadoo” and “Do the Conga” couldn’t convince coaches Sir Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson, Will.i.am or Rita Ora to turn around to see who was singing.

Dene, who was born in Leeds and still lives in the city, took to Twitter after the BBC One show had aired, saying “thank you all for your support and love on my performance on tonight’s @BBCTheVoiceUK #thevoiceuk Let’s keep pushing our pineapples.”

The 57-year-old dressed in a bright yellow Hawaiian shirt for the competition and turned up with supporters including Bruce Jones, the man behind Coronation Street’s Les Battersby.

And he left in his own unique style, doing the conga off the stage.

For possible use in the YP From the Archive series.''10th May 1988''THE MIGHTY Mallard, pride of Britain's railway history, puffed into Leeds Station today with a raging thirst.''It was pulling such a heavy load - 12 carriages carrying 250 top Post Office customers and stamp collectors - that it needed extra water supplies at Holbeck.''"The last thing we wanted was the boiler blowing up on Britain's pride and joy," said Mr Philip Round, Post Office Information Officer.''Mallard was making a special run across the Pennines from Manchester Victoria to mark two major anniversaries:

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