Duo impress judges on The Voice

(Left) Shelly Atkinson and Maxine Jackson of Diva who will be on The Voice tomorrow night 13-04-13

(Left) Shelly Atkinson and Maxine Jackson of Diva who will be on The Voice tomorrow night 13-04-13

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SINGING hopefuls managed to impress judges on a TV talent show with their vocal skills.

Mackem act Diva – Shelley Atkinson and Maxine Jackson – who have been singing together for more than four decades, teamed up once again to audition for BBC show The Voice.

The best friends, who also sing together in soft rock band The Brigade, harmonised on Barbra Streisand/Celine Dion duet Tell Him.

The talented twosome, who met while working as performers in Tenerife, even managed to charm a wink out of judge Sir Tom Jones, who spun his chair to pick the pair, along with pop star Jessie J.

Shelley and Maxine, who works at Greggs in The Galleries, Washington, selected the Welsh singer as their mentor and will now go on to appear in the show’s live finals.

Shelley, 41, from Penshaw, said: “We aren’t 21, or a size 10, so The Voice was perfect – the coaches can’t see you, they just hear your voice.

“You’re never too old to have a go at something.”

Shelley, a carer who works part-time in The Lambton Arms Hotel, Ayton, and Maxine, 32, of Washington, who is originally from Scotland, knew the outcome of the show, but were sworn to secrecy.

They gathered with friends and family to watch the show at The Grey Horse pub in Penshaw on Saturday night, along with Shelley’s husband Steve, a driver for NorthEast Press and son Kalvin, 18.

Shelley added: “It was fabulous. It was absolutely outstanding to be there.”