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  1. Stephen says

    Eh…Dunno if she is the “first” because she verbalized it. For all we know, others have, but it did not make the cut. Emmanuel Zidor, the sassy Sally I know the South will hate and I will love voting for just to spite them, can be seen from space with the flames and rainbows he produces as he sashays across the stage. Go, Manny!!! :)

  2. enchantra says

    Thankfully she’s quite good. Overall, though, I am sick of the backstory element of these shows. I simply don’t care if you were dragged from a coal mine when you were four and sent to live in a Mormon mission with your great aunt Eugenia. I really don’t care. I don’t see how that has squat to do with whether you are the best singer or not.

  3. enchantra says

    Thankfully she’s quite good. Overall, though, I am sick of the backstory element of these shows. I simply don’t care if you were dragged from a coal mine when you were four and sent to live in a Mormon mission with your great aunt Eugenia. I really don’t care. I don’t see how that has squat to do with whether you are the best singer or not.

  4. enchantra says

    Thankfully she’s quite good. Overall, though, I am sick of the backstory element of these shows. I simply don’t care if you were dragged from a coal mine when you were four and sent to live in a Mormon mission with your great aunt Eugenia. I really don’t care. I don’t see how that has squat to do with whether you are the best singer or not.

  5. GregV says

    @Stephen: The article clarifies that she’s not the first gay contestant (there may well have been hundreds of gay contestants), but that she’s the first gay contestant who has not had that fact expunged by producers from her backstory.
    Of course the straight people’s backstories include every detail of their marriage partners or the person they’re dating (who’s often interviewed from the waiting room).

  6. Francis says

    There have been many queer contestants. She is the first to say she’s gay on air. Keith London is also gay and out on this year’s show. That makes two out AI contestants. That’s a big deal considering AI still is one of the highest rated entertainment shows, and that it’s overwhelmingly watched by Republicans, as well as the fact AI producers have clearly kept contestants in the past closeted. Just another step forward.

  7. SpaceCadet says

    I think the “gayest” season was still the first one when you just knew most of the male finalists were gay but it was never explicitly or even implicitly said. And gay men have nearly won twice: Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert. Three if you count David Archuletta (my gaydar goes off for that cutie!)

  8. Dastius Krazitauc says

    “Keith London is also gay and out on this year’s show.”

    I wanted to know more about him, so I looked for his audition. The judges seemed so progressive in their judging of Emkay, but what homo and/or transphobic jerks they were with Keith. They couldn’t get over the disconnect between his song lyrics and his perceived gender. Really pissed me off.

  9. NotSafeForWork says

    The judges seemed open to her story and thought her life experiences would be relevant. She has a great voice and a nice disposition. I hope she will go far in the competition.

  10. tinkerbelle says

    She’s good, and different enough, I hope she gets through, I would be interested to see what her future holds.

    What’s this with the judges just speaking (nonsense) out loud while she’s performing. Like people talking to the screen at a movie. How rude. J-Lo is so irrelevant at this point, who even wants to hear her opinion?

  11. CB says

    Considering that the majority of viewers/voters come from the South (note 100% of winners are from the South or ‘Red’ states), an openly gay contestant will be gone faster than you can say “chicken fried steak and grits”.

  12. Brandon h says

    Didn’t Adam lambert come out durring the shows run? I seem to think he did. Same for Jim Varraros (sp?) from Season 1.

    If not it was imediatly after the season ended that they did. But I don’t remember anyone verbally confirming their sexuality to the camera from the beginning. But I haven’t watched the show in 5 seasons so I don’t know.

  13. MIke says

    Hey CB, before you make blanket statements as fact, check your sources. No, not 100% of the winners have come from the South or Red states unless you consider Illinois one or the other.
    While it’s true that most winners have come from red states, there have been 3 runners up from CA & 1 from WA. If you take it to the top 5, you get even more diversity. So, maybe she won’t win but don’t automatically toss her chances because you have already determined others’ prejudices. With an approach like that, we’d never get anywhere in this country.

  14. Wittynamehere says

    Who cares. I can’t wait until we’re past having to point out every single person is the “first gay to” do whatever. What’s next, the first openly gay contestant to fart live on the air? Give it a rest already.

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