Reality reject changes his tune
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.”