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.
UK 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...
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On The X-Factor this week, viewers saw Don Philip, a man who recorded with Britney Spears a decade ago, try and fail to win the judge's approval. The clip included an emotional breakdown from Philip, who told Spears that "I never thought I'd see you again...At the time I just...I didn't feel like I was worthy."
Back in June, Popcrush reported on the audition, and said that Philip came out to Britney, saying that the reason he didn't think she would think him worthy was because he's gay. Spears was reportedly supportive, telling him that she thought it was "fine" that he's gay.
For some reason — that emotional exchange was edited out of the program. “I’m sorry they didn’t think it was up to the X Factor standard as Britney says,” Don tells RumorFix exclusively. “They already outed me to the world.” Don, who went through a roller coaster of emotions when he came out to Britney, says, “Is Gay bad for FOX? I didn’t do anything bad. They edited the gay out of me.”
The singer, who sang “I Will Love You,” with Britney at the beginning of his career, goes on to say, “I don’t understand it. Aren’t they a reality show? Is it too real?” Don said that Britney didn’t do anything wrong and the omission “is sending the wrong message. It’s like gay is being censored.”
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