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Gay UK 'X Factor' Contestant's Flamboyant Performances Eliciting Love, Death Threats: VIDEOS


Out gay contestants are all over the UK's X Factor this year, but there's one in particular — Rylan Clark — who is inspiring extremely strong opinions one way or the other.

Ryaln_clarkUK tab The Sun reports:

The charismatic Essex lad has received Twitter death threats after he was controversially saved at the expense of Carolynne Poole last week. He has been slammed as a 'novelty act' by judge Gary Barlow and is the bookies’ favourite to be given the boot tonight. But other competitors have rallied behind Rylan, giving him a standing ovation after his dress rehearsal yesterday.

A show insider said: “The others have been very worried about him. He has been really down and getting a stream of death threats and hateful messages on Twitter. He is convinced he will get the boot tonight. But his fellow contestants have pledged to give him round-the-clock support — they all love him."

Clark didn't get "the boot", even after singing a mash-up of Deee-Lite, Gangnam Style, and Technotronic.

Watch his two performances so far, AFTER THE JUMP...

Week 1:

Week 2:

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  1. He reminds me of Azis, just needs to polish it up more and own it like Azis does.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Oct 15, 2012 9:59:15 AM

  2. i still can hardly believe azis is so popular in a homophobic country. so outrageous.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Oct 15, 2012 10:12:09 AM

  3. Nice looking and seems like a very nice guy, but his voice is not that strong and tends to go a bit flat from time to time.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 15, 2012 10:21:57 AM

  4. Great look - TERRIBLE singer - actually couldn't even get through either video because it was so bad (get that boy auto-tuned ASAP).

    Posted by: JB Hackk | Oct 15, 2012 10:27:25 AM

  5. A nice guy? He's a freak! And totally talentless and annoying. Death Threats are wrong of course but this guy should not be on the show.

    Posted by: Dave | Oct 15, 2012 10:28:02 AM

  6. Great look, needs to take voice lessons to take it to the top!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Oct 15, 2012 10:41:16 AM

  7. Reminds me more of Ruby Rhod from Fifth Element.

    Posted by: RJS | Oct 15, 2012 10:46:41 AM

  8. Gary's just pissed that, unlike Lance Bass and other ex-boy band members, he wasn't strong enough to come out. Closet cases are the worst homophobes around...just look at Peter LaBarbera. Sure, Rylan can't sing but - hold onto your tweezers girls - neither can Brit-brit. She's done okay for herself.

    @Dave - A freak? That's a bit harsh but you're probably a guy who posts ads like:
    straight acting and looking/seeks same. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    Posted by: Gigi | Oct 15, 2012 10:56:55 AM

  9. TERRIBLE singer!

    Posted by: Kucklehead | Oct 15, 2012 10:59:32 AM

  10. @Gigi, hilarious. ;-) "discreet, str8-acting brodude who's masc looking for other masc dudes who are 'discrete' and masc while also being masculine and str8-acting. i also really value honesty"


    meh. take it or leave it. unpolished, to be sure. but one thing is certain - this will inspire much insecure and projected anger from closeted cowards who dont' have the balls to be as open and free as he is.

    just wait ;-)

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 11:05:45 AM

  11. That dude is the bastard child of Russell Brand and George Michael.

    Too bad he sounds more like the former than the latter, and is twice as annoying too.

    (BTW - I don't dislike Rylan because he is flamboyant. I love Adam Lambert, who is super-flamboyant, but he also has the voice that Rylan is severely lacking)

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 15, 2012 11:25:35 AM

  12. I only watched the week two performance.It was very entertaining and fun,but he's not a great singer.Pretty face though.

    Posted by: Miguel | Oct 15, 2012 11:34:18 AM

  13. I liked it and was thoroughly entertained by it.

    Posted by: Gast | Oct 15, 2012 11:34:48 AM

  14. Decadent, effeminate minstrel act. Why would any gay person feel good being represented by this clown?

    Posted by: Thomas | Oct 15, 2012 11:37:43 AM

  15. Hate yourself. Leave this lovely man alone.

    Posted by: anachro1 | Oct 15, 2012 11:43:18 AM

  16. Thomas - feel free to put a face and name to your comments to Represent Yourself.

    After all, you're much more manly and strong and "masculine" than this guy, right? Therefore you'd be in no way afraid of putting a face to who you are as a gay man, just like him.....right?

    Because...i mean, you think he's embarrassing. And he doesn't feel he's you will have no reservations about making yourself just as identifiable....right?

    I call your bluff.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 11:46:26 AM

  17. On the same day! Two inter-sex song birds on Towleroad!

    (Just an observation, not a judgment.)

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Oct 15, 2012 11:50:55 AM

  18. I don't care how he looks or acts, his singing voice is awful.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Oct 15, 2012 12:03:33 PM

  19. Can't sing. Next!

    Posted by: Your Mom | Oct 15, 2012 12:03:39 PM

  20. @POLYBOY that's EXACTLY what I was thinking! Azis isn't the most remarkable vocalist either, but he owns the persona and his uniqueness.

    Posted by: sparks | Oct 15, 2012 12:19:13 PM

  21. Indeed, a minstrel act. Did they have an Uncle Tom or someone with black-face also? He and guys like him should not be construed by the average person as what a gay male is typically like, but unfortunately even today this stereotype remains. He should be recognized as a campy, effeminate man [of course not all effeminate males are gay] doing a cheesy act, not as representative of a gay man.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 15, 2012 12:22:13 PM

  22. BTW he also has a fabulous attitude. Gary can be downright mean, and Rylan handles the criticism with a lot of grace and class.

    Posted by: sparks | Oct 15, 2012 12:26:55 PM

  23. Very entertaining art direction, choreography and so full of life... the voice is horrid though. I think he could learn to sing though, I hope he keeps on going.

    Posted by: Michael J. Hildebrand | Oct 15, 2012 12:51:31 PM

  24. He is causing controversy which is what was intended when they kept him over talent. IF that is not the case then she needs to be replaced as a judge.

    Posted by: Justin | Oct 15, 2012 12:52:47 PM

  25. let's just play the game - can any of the pathetically insecure haters who are freaking out about "minstrel shows" and 'effeminate blah blah blah' put a face and name to their comments?

    because if you can't you prove yourself to be weaker and more cowardly that this man you're emasculated by :D

    he's not afraid. so why are you? you're NOT afraid?

    prove it.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 12:59:42 PM

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