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Monday 5 December 2016

Dubliner Ken Giles' glee at being judge on Canadian reality show

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KILBARRACK man Kenneth Giles is set to sit on the judging panel of a real-life Glee competition for Canadian TV.

The 25-year-old performer has been selected to appear on Show Choir, a programme that has set out to find the best Glee-like choir in the US and Canada.

"Even when they first got in touch with me I never thought I'd actually land the job," the delighted entertainer told the Herald.

The dance expert will be in good company as one member of the panel, Sean Cheesman, has worked with world-class performers such as Madonna and Michael Jackson.

"I've been watching his work since I was young, so to work alongside him now is just surreal," Kenneth said.

The competition follows the lead of the hit show.

"It's just like the way it's portrayed on TV with the regionals, the sectionals and then the grand finals," he explained.

Though the show could be likened to X-Factor or other tough reality shows, he said that the focus is on fun and inclusion so he won't be bringing out his inner Simon Cowell.

"I'll try to be as nice as possible with my comments," he said.

Talented

Show Choirs, or Glee Clubs, are all about fun and bringing groups of children together that may never have mixed before, he explained.

It comes as no surprise that Kenneth has been chosen for such a high-profile gig, as he has long been Ireland's answer to Mr Schuester, the famed mentor in the hit US show.

He worked as the key choreographer, and also appeared in The Glee Tour of Ireland in 2010.

Kenneth also founded the Show Choir National Championship which is entering its third year.

While he admits Glee may be losing its allure for Irish people, there is a huge gap in the market for a dance reality show.

"I'd snap up the chance [to work on such a show] straight away. So if anyone wants to make one they know where I am," he laughed.

The finals of Show Choir will take place on April 11.

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