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Drag singer Ken in snub to Kodaline




Voice contestant Ken Murphy

Voice contestant Ken Murphy



VOICE of Ireland contestant Ken Murphy has dismissed advice from established artists to avoid reality shows.

Last week Kodaline admitted that their stint on You're a Star as 21 Demands wasn't their best decision and warned up-and-coming bands that it wasn't necessarily the route to success.

However, Murphy (49) said that he is "under no illusions" about the reality show.

"For me this isn't a short-cut this is a long-cut. I'm being very practical about the whole thing," he told the Herald. "I'm here to get some recognition for my talents."

He said "it's all very well for the likes of Kodaline", who have enjoyed great success, to dismiss TV talent shows.

The dad-of-three (inset) has several stage names, including drag act Missunderstud and Jason B Badd, which is his main stage persona.

He has been a professional musician for nearly 30 years but admitted that the recession delivered quite a blow to his gigging business.

"I'm being pragmatic about this. If I get a few gigs out of it I'll be happy," he said of the show.

"A lot of people are just in it for the fame and it's just so shallow," added the singer, who is originally from Perrystown on Dublin's southside.

His decision to dress in drag for part of his act came about years ago when he penned some new songs.

"We wanted to bring a bit of glamour and excitement into the Dublin music scene. It's getting very staid and boring," she said.

He will battle it out for his shot at the title under the guidance of Bressie. Working with the former Blizzards star has been going well so far.

"He has a good sense of humour; I get on well with him. A lot of people think he is very intense and I suppose he is, but I am as well when it comes to music," he revealed.

Meanwhile, Irish teenager, Claudia Rose Long (17), has continued to wow judges on the UK version of the Voice.

Claudia, a Sixth Year student at Presentation Secondary School in Ballyphehane in Cork, has selected Rita Ora as her mentor. The popstar has been "like her best friend" since they began working together.