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Gay UK 'X Factor' Contestant Inspires Drama with J Lo - Rihanna Mash-Up: VIDEO


Last week I posted that Rylan Clark, a gay UK X Factor contestant, was receiving death threats because of his unapologetic showmanship and unwillingness to hide his sexuality.

Here's Rylan's performance this week, a J Lo-Rihanna mash-up that caused Nicole Scherzinger to lash out at Gary Barlow:

"He doesn't have the X Factor. He has the X - Y - Z Factor, honey!"



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  1. Will perform at Sweet 16 Parties...for free

    Posted by: Gus | Oct 22, 2012 3:42:52 PM

  2. Three words: Puh The Tick.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 22, 2012 3:43:14 PM

  3. Get him into a sound studio for better vocals and then do that with a lip synch version and I think we have ourselves a new star. GREAT showmanship, despite the mediocre at best voice.

    Posted by: Opinionated | Oct 22, 2012 3:44:39 PM

  4. horrendous voice. 100%. looked like a drag show.

    Posted by: Alex | Oct 22, 2012 4:06:15 PM

  5. Gay, straight, whatever. HORRIBLE SINGING dude. OMG. Ughhhhh.

    Posted by: AJ | Oct 22, 2012 4:10:06 PM

  6. @ Opinionated, doesn't that defeat the point of a live vocal contest?

    Posted by: BenR | Oct 22, 2012 4:11:26 PM

  7. There's no doubt his singing isn't up to snuff, but the show is called "The X Factor," not "The Best Voice." They're looking for people with star quality and charisma, too. Feel free to dig around and look up some of the other contestants on this year's series-- better vocalists, sure, but duller than dishwater to watch.

    (But I guess it all depends on what you think the point of a TV talent competition show is)

    Posted by: Harrison | Oct 22, 2012 4:59:49 PM

  8. the UK enjoys camp, and irony. Jedward, anyone?


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 22, 2012 5:03:32 PM

  9. His voice IS weak.
    Gary Barlow's sissyphobia is STRONG.
    Sad for Gary.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Oct 22, 2012 5:31:32 PM

  10. As much as I DETEST tax-dodging, Royal ass kissing creep Gary Barlow I have to agree that this guy is AWFUL and should not even have made it on the show.

    Of course I think Gary Barlow should be kicked off the show too !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 22, 2012 5:38:36 PM

  11. Yuck, he looks horrible. Trust the X Factor to trade on stereotypes.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 22, 2012 5:44:43 PM

  12. I'm tempted to phone in a death threat just for that faux tuxedo thingy.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 22, 2012 5:46:22 PM

  13. Why do we have to get behind every single performer who is openly gay. This young man has no original style, a f*#king horrible voice, and barely a stage presence. He doesn't have the X Factor he just has a big ego. Congrats. The streets are crawling with people like this. Why do we care? Ugh. GaGa generation indeed. Blech.

    Posted by: Billy | Oct 22, 2012 6:22:21 PM

  14. Gary B correct. And right sexy.

    Posted by: LJC | Oct 22, 2012 7:57:05 PM

  15. More like the Zzzzz... Factor.

    Posted by: RW | Oct 22, 2012 8:48:49 PM

  16. How is this clown still on the show? If he had talent, I would support him, but he has no talent at all.

    Posted by: Sucks | Oct 22, 2012 11:42:14 PM

  17. Is it possible to sing a mash-up of two songs with one flat key? He made it possible!
    The singing is horrible, his outfit is horrible, the dancing (if any) is horrible. I guess the only thing that's working about him is that he's "controversial" and that's good for ratings.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Oct 23, 2012 12:58:29 AM

  18. Ouch.

    Posted by: Mousie | Oct 23, 2012 2:37:57 AM

  19. I couldn't get past the 45-seconds mark. I've been performing on stage for 40 years, in theatre, dance and vocal music - and, yes 23 years in drag. Frankly, if any of my daughters put on a show like this I'd rip off their wig and drag them off stage by their rubber parts. Flat, monotone, no diction, and the phrasing was off throughout what little I could stomach to watch. The staging and "choreography" was as canned and unimaginative as most of what passes for pop music presentation these days, so no marks there either. Then again, this is The X-Factor. Middling to talentless people being exploited for the public's craving for freaks. How else do you explain the continuance of "reality" shows?

    Posted by: Mommie Dammit | Oct 23, 2012 4:52:09 AM

  20. Poor thing, just send him home.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Oct 23, 2012 11:15:10 AM

  21. If you shut your eyes, it sounds a little like boy george. Unfortunately, as a performer he was upstaged by the smoke machines.

    Posted by: Tristram | Oct 23, 2012 2:05:00 PM

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