The Voice 2017: Mo Adeniran bravely hiding heartache over devastating grief

Over the weekend, The Voice UK 2017 kicked off from its new home at ITV, and though there were a couple of tweaks and changes to the show’s format, it is ostensibly the same show it was while on the BBC.

That said, the addition of Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale to the coaching panel alongside veterans Sir Tom Jones and was a big hit with viewers…

However, in launching a new series on Saturday night, The Voice went head-to-head with Gary Barlow’s new BBC offering Let It Shine, and ratings data shows that in terms of bums on seats, Let It Shine won hands down on the night. But of course, that could all changes as the weeks go by.

But among those who watched The Voice, there was one stand-out hopeful in the shape of 21-year old Mo Adeniran, who wowed with his rendition of Paolo Nutini’s ‘Iron Sky’.

Over on the show’s official website, of Mo, the BBC states, “Mo writes his own songs in his bedroom and gigs at various open mic nights.

“It was at one of these that he met his best friend, and now fellow contestant Max Vickers.

“The boys are very supportive of one another and will be happy for one another no matter who goes furthest in the competition.”

Mo The Voice ITV

However, what The Voice viewers perhaps won’t know about Mo is that he’s tragically lost a number of friends of late, which has of course left him wracked by grief.

The Daily Mirror reports that one of Mo’s closest friends, Mike, died after battling an addiction to painkillers which occurred as he struggled with chronic back pain.

Mike’s grandfather Ronald is quoted as saying of Mo, “He tried to help Mike with his addiction to painkillers.

“Mike would have loved to have seen Mo on The Voice…

“He’d be glad of Mo’s success – it couldn’t have happened to a nicer lad.”

Mo was also close to the members of Viola Beach – who were from Mo’s hometown of Warrington – all of whom tragically died in a car crash last year.

And in a horrible irony, Ronald explained, “Viola Beach was meant to play at Mike’s tribute but they never made it.”

How utterly horrendous.

Viola Beach

Here’s wishing Mo continued success on The Voice so that his friends’ dreams and aspirations can live on through him. And with a voice that powerful and just plain beautiful, we can’t see how Mo can do anything but well on The Voice.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.


  1. diane thompson on March 4, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Mo what can you say he’s brillant I don’t know the lad but I feel proud of him he’s not had it that good in life but look at him now I wish him well and I hope he wins take care mo x

    1. Julie on March 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Yes he is brilliant but it was a mistake for Jennifer to give him a Beyonce song which are always tuneless and obscure. He deserves better.

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