Re­al­ity re­ject changes his tune

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

Re­al­ity tele­vi­sion singing com­pe­ti­tions have “haunted” Luke Antony for al­most a decade, with the singer con­stantly try­ing out for them with­out suc­cess.

“I think I au­di­tioned for Idol when I was 16 and since then have never had any luck with the TV shows,” Antony (pic­tured right) told Con­fi­den­tial.

“I tried out for The X Fac­tor and Dan­nii Minogue said to me, ‘I don’t know what you’re about’.”

How­ever, after com­ing out as gay four years ago, the 27-year-old de­cided to give the re­al­ity tele­vi­sion singing world one more shot by try­ing out for the cur­rent sea­son of The Voice.

“My com­ing out jour­ney has been a huge fac­tor in my mu­sic,” the Townsville-born, Syd­ney based Antony said.

“I grew up in small town, in a Chris­tian fam­ily, where be­ing gay wasn’t an op­tion. I was work­ing my arse off to cre­ate dif­fer­ent ver­sions of my­self for dif­fer­ent au­di­ences and peo­ple saw straight through that.

“They knew I wasn’t be­ing au­then­ti­cally me.”

Now, Antony — who ap­pears on the Chan­nel 9 singing show tonight — is putting his pow­er­house soul vo­cals to the test against coaches Boy Ge­orge, Kelly Row­land, Joe Jonas and Delta Goodrem.

He even turned down a po­ten­tial man­age­ment and al­bum deal to ap­pear as a con­tes­tant on the show.

“I’m a pro­fes­sional singer so you have to think, if I don’t turn a chair it will look shock­ing,” he said.

“But de­spite all of that some­thing in my gut told me I just had to still give it a shot.

“I feel like I’ve got a lot more to lose than some of the other artists who don’t call them­selves pro­fes­sional singers by trade.

“Some­times you just have to put your­self out there though so here I am.”

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