SWEDEN may be on track to take our place at Brazil 2014 but there could be some consolation in the fact that an Irish-eligible footballer looks on course to win their X Factor.
Confused?.. The name Kevin Walker won’t be instantly recognisable to most but the 24-year-old soccer player could be about to become a massive star.... in Sweden.
Walker is a professional footballer with Swedish second tier side GIF Sundsvall and while his side are vying for promotion to the top division, he has the distraction of trying to win a TV show called ‘Idol’.
He has played at underage level for Sweden but qualifies to play for Ireland through his father Patrick Walker, a Carlow native who represented Bohemians, Gillingham and the Ireland under-21 side before moving to Sweden.
Walker’s showbiz and soccer commitments have been clashing in recent weeks but luckily for the rising star, the same TV company that has the rights to second division games in Sweden produce ‘Idol’ and have adjusted his fixtures.
The footballer told Morning Ireland today that he will be looking for success on both fronts.
“We've lived here(Sweden) most of our lives, we travel over to the family in Ireland whenever we can,” he said.
“Hopefully we can get promoted we're in with a great chance.
“We're looking forward to the end of the season and when we have four games to go and if we can win all four we go up.
“I can't hope to win the X Factor, it's just a big bonus and a big plus and I'm enjoying every minute of that. Hopefully the lads can get promoted.
“You never know. Go for both.”
"I'm living a Bruce Wayne life at the moment," Walker told Swedish media. "I play football during the week, and then take part in Idol at the weekend. It's different for me than for other participants."