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Gavin Murray

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A finalist in the Voice of Ireland has revealed his sympathy for convicted Irish drug smuggler Michaella McCollum Connolly, who is serving her jail sentence in Peru.

Dubliner Gavin Murray shared the same complex in Ibiza last summer as the 20-year-old and he admitted it was a common problem among tourists on the island.

"It could have been any of us," he said of the financial desperation expats suffered on the island.

"There were lots of us in the complex and she wasn't famous then," he added.

"Most of us were working on commission only. It was awful, really awful trying to survive....when I ran out of money, I decided to come home."

One week after returning to Ireland, the former model was all over the news for attempting to smuggle drugs in Peru with Scottish woman Melissa Reid.

The two are currently serving six year sentences in one of South America's toughest jails.

"About a week after I came home, she was all over the news," he said.

Murray has made it to the final 10 of the competition and is an interior design student.

"I remember doing the blind auditions and thinking that no one was going to turn around for me so to get this far is just incredible," he said of his success so far on the show."

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