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04/19/2007


Meet X-Factor Star Ray Quinn and His Skating, Surfing, Six-Pack: VIDEO

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Ray Quinn, a former X Factor runner-up, was crowned champion of the UK's Dancing on Ice reality skating competition on Sunday in the final episode of the show. Quinn received a perfect score for the first of his routines - a surfing safari set to a Beach Boys medley.

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Gay Contestant Rejected by His Mom Wows 'X Factor' Australia: VIDEO

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Ofisa Toleafoa, a retail clerk rejected by his conservative religious Samoan family for being gay, told Australia's X Factor judges that he moved to Australia to find himself before launching into a rendition of Jennifer Hudson's "Changing".

Said Toleafoa:

"My family basically found out that I was gay through Facebook. One photo went up and they found out I was gay. My mom, she found it the hardest to accept it. The last time I spoke to my mom was probably like last year. It is hard. I just want her to know that I am changing but my love for her will never change. I will always be the same person that she brought up when I was little. "

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Union J Wants to 'Carry You': LISTEN

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Union J, that other pop boyband that came out of the British X Factor competition, and boasts out gay singer Jaymi Hensley as one of its members, just released its debut single, which has been well-received by fans.

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Drag Queen Wows 'X Factor New Zealand' with 'Proud Mary': VIDEO

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Drag queen Ashley Tonga looks like the contestant to beat on New Zealand's X Factor. The trainee hairdresser knocked the judges and audiences' socks off with a performance of "Proud Mary".

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One Direction Plants a 'Kiss' on the 'X Factor' Finale: VIDEO

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Harry, Niall, Zayn, Louis, and Liam brought their Brit boy band to the finale of the X Factor last night to show what wins the contest.

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UK 'X Factor' Boybander Jaymi Hensley Comes Out as Gay: VIDEO

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Jaymi Hensley, a member of the boyband Union J, which was formed to compete in this season's X Factor in the UK, came out of the closet over the weekend after consulting with his mentor on the show, Louis Walsh, The Sun reports:

“I spoke to Louis about this and he said, ‘put it this way, both of my big boybands had a gay member in them.’ So he said it fits the formula quite well! Every boyband has got to have a gay one! And Louis just said ‘do it’. I’m gay and I’ve never been happier!”

Gone are the days when a contestant on these types of shows might have hid their sexuality for fear of audience reprisal. Hensley says his bandmates were fully supportive:

“They have always supported me with doing this. I didn’t want to do it in five years’ time when I have made money and had a career. I don’t think anyone should have to hide who they are....I’d love my career to take off to the heights of One Direction. But not enough people in the music industry are open about their sexuality.”

Reaction from the band's fans has been overwhelmingly positive:

He said: “It’s been amazing, really amazing. I have not seen one negative comment. “I want to say a massive thank you for people’s support. It has been incredible. I have already had messages from young gay guys saying ‘thank you so much, I can look up to you’, and that’s what I did it for.”

Jaymi’s bandmates — Josh Cuthbert, George Shelley and Jamie “JJ” Hamblett — were also thrilled by the reaction to the news. They tweeted: “Wanted to say how proud we are of our brother Jaymi for coming out and being proud of his sexuality! We are SO proud.”

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