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Kodaline warn other bands the X Factor or Voice isn't a surefire route for success – after starring on You're A Star


Kodaline have warned other bands that going on TV talent shows is not the best route for success for up and coming bands.

The In A Perfect World singers were participants on the fifth series of You’re A Star in 2006 when they were known as 21 Demands.

But despite finishing as runners up, bandmate Mark admitted it’s not “the right route to go down for a band”.

He said: “I don’t know if it is the right route to go down for a band but we were very young and we played our own songs a few times. We were 16 and 17 and it was cool, it was fun being on TV.”

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Back in the day: Kodaline as 21 Demands on You’re A Star

Meanwhile, Mark Prendergast has revealed that the lads have found themselves getting starstruck when hanging out with a host of celebrities.

The Swords natives worked with Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid and even crashed on his and fiance Courteney Cox’s LA home.

“We played in LA about a month ago because we wrote a few songs with Johnny,” Mark said.


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“Johnny is a gentleman. He is an Irish lad and down to earth so we went and hung out with him.”

“But because he is engaged to Courteney there were all these people coming to the house and they were huge celebrities so we were kind of like, ‘Why are we here?’ We were just Johnny’s Irish mates sleeping on the couch.

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Mates: The lads crashed on Courteney and Johnny’s couch in LA

He added: “We did a small little acoustic show when we were there and Courteney invited a load of her mates.”

“Sacha Baron Cohen was in the audience and afterwards he shook our hands so it was kind of weird – being face to face with Borat,” he told The Mirror.

Kodaline recently scored a hit by penning Hometown’s number 1 song Where I Belong and Mark revealed the boys have no problem handing over tracks to other artists.

“We kind of just write songs and if we don’t think it’s right for the band we hand it over to the record company and they pick where they want to do it.”