Tuesday 20 February 2018

Voice of Ireland contestant expresses sympathy for convicted drug smuggler Michaella

Gavin Murray
Gavin Murray

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."









21-year-old Limerick native Kellie Lewis is currently studying music at UCC. Odds: 11/4
21-year-old Limerick native Kellie Lewis is currently studying music at UCC. Odds: 11/4
21-year-old Sligo woman Laura May Lenehan is a beauty therapist by day, and is currently an outside to win the show. Odds: 33/1
37-year-old Cavan native Brendan McCahey is the oldest of the final ten - and while he's a full time dad during the week, at weekends he plays with his wedding band. Odds : 11/8
22-year-old Galway girl Mariah Butler may currently be a coffee shop worker - but not for much longer if the bookies are to be believed, she's currently the favourite to win the show. Odds: 3/1
Dub Aisling Connolly left a hair dressing course to sing full time - not easy when she's also raising a two-year-old. Odds: 16/1
Donegal's Paddy Molloy could be the dark house for the win, taking the One Direction vote. The 22-year-old currently studies song writing. Odds: 25/1
24-year-old Cork native Jamie Stanton is currently a full time dad, however may have to put the nappy changing on hold if he proves victorious. Odds:11/4
Flamboyant Gavin Murray takes his unique style on stage with him. The 22-year-old interior design student is an outsider to take the prize. Odds: 25/1
Danica Holland has wowed the coaches with her strong vocals. She's currently a hotel worker, however her dream is to perform full time. Odds: 20/1
Jay Boland (21) failed to get in to Louis Walsh's new boyband, however could go one better and win the show. Odds: 10/3

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