The Voice UK's Max Vickers takes a swipe at his time on The X Factor

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The Voice UK semi-finalist Max Vickers has taken a swipe at The X Factor.

Max was turned away by Gary Barlow on The X Factor in 2011 after getting as far as the judges' houses stages.

Then aged 19, Max performed in America for Gary and Robbie Williams but didn't make the cut for the live shows that year.

Now Max, 24, from Warrington is back and trying his luck on The Voice UK and is through to the semi-finals.

And it's fair to say he thinks a lot more of the new show compared to his time on The X Factor.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: “The whole process feels better. Here you get more creativity. You feel like you have more freedom to do what you want, song choices and everything.”

And Max added: “I thought the whole coach thing was just going to be for TV on The Voice but Gavin has been so hands-on and more involved than I had hoped.”

Max went on to admit regret over his outburst following elimination from The X Factor, where Max tweeted: “F*** Gary Barlow” in 2014.

He said: “I wrote it a while ago but I can’t imagine Gary is sitting up and saying, ‘I can’t believe what Max said about me five years ago.’”

Max is one of two members left in Gavin Rossdale's team alongside Truly Ford.

This week the pair and the other six semi-finalists will sing live again as they compete for four places in next Saturday's grand final.

The Voice UK 2017 live semi final airs Saturday night at 8:30PM on ITV.

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