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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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Mario Lopez Frustrated He Can't Get Chick-fil-A on Sundays


The new X Factor co-host tweeted this 10 days ago but a reader just passed it along to me so I thought I'd share for the record. Maybe somebody should tell Lopez hate chikin isn't good for the soul.

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...

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UK 'X Factor' Contestant Resurrects Cher's 'Believe' for Tearjerking Performance: VIDEO


UK X Factor contestant Ella Henderson took what Gary Barlow calls one of the top 5 most annoying songs of all time and this week made it into a song he's pay a lot of money to hear again. She also brought Nicole Scherzinger to tears.

Cher tweeted her approval: "work Done ...Went on Utube 2 c young girl sing Believe! Tears came 2 my eyes! So Touching! a Great version of a Great Song.WE Can Share It !"


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'X Factor' Edits Out Contestant's Gay Confession to Britney: VIDEO


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."

BritneyBack 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.

FOX chose to edit that portion of the audition out, however:

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.”

More from Gather:

He says that he got "set up" by producers who bullied him into admitting his sexual preferences. "It was kind of a private thing they forced out of me," he says. "...I went home and had thoughts (of suicide)."

Don said he was honest with the show's producers, telling them he really didn't want to talk about that aspect of his life on the show. However, he did admit to hiding a secret. That was his mistake. As soon as he hit the stage, L.A. Reid kept bombarding him with the same question repeatedly. "What's the secret?"

Worried that he would be outed anyway, Philip finally spilled the beans. He says that admission so upset him that he couldn't adequately pull it together to do his audition number. That resulted in the sub par performance that got him bounced out of the competition.

Watch the version that aired on Wednesday, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Tunisia, Softer Romney, Natural Selection, 'Revenge'

1NewsIcon Homophobic preacher Harry Jackson may or may not be telling the truth about why he backed out of a marriage equality debate at Howard University.

AlaskaAirLines1NewsIcon Alaska Air endorses marriage equality in Washington. "Marriage equality is the right and fair thing to do in and for our state. From a business perspective, we risk losing qualified employees and applicants to other states which have adopted marriage equality statutes," said company president Brad Tilden.

1NewsIcon There are now anti-American protests flaring in Tunisia.

1NewsIcon The Washington State Supreme Court ruled today that the state's 2006 workplace discrimination law that includes LGBT people cannot be enforced retroactively.

1NewsIcon Evolution and reproduction: "Today’s biologists tend to be cautious about labelling any trait an evolutionary adaptation—that is, one that spread through a population because it provided a reproductive advantage. It’s a concept that is easily abused, and often 'invoked to resolve problems that do not exist,' the late George Williams, an influential evolutionary biologist, warned. When it comes to studying ourselves, though, such admonitions are hard to heed."

1NewsIcon Josh Bowman on Revenge character Daniel's season two trajectory: "I’m not in as many scenes this season, but what I am getting is so much more exciting. Daniel is more determined, more driven, more focused, less gullible, less of a mama’s boy. Which I’m happy about."

1NewsIcon Kate Middleton delivers her second public address.

Theapartment1NewsIcon Out of the three major movies being turned into TV shows - Psycho, Heathers and The ApartmentThe Apartment has the greatest potential to both be great and disappoint.

1NewsIcon Don Philips wonders why Fox decided to edit out his coming out to former colleague Britney Spears on X-Factor. "Is gay bad for FOX? I didn’t do anything bad. They edited the gay out of me... I don’t understand it. Aren’t they a reality show? Is it too real?"

1NewsIcon Speaking of daytime claptrap, the Lohans will be appearing on Dr. Phil's talk show.

1NewsIcon Backing down? "Just one day after Romney accused the Obama administration of 'sympathizing' with protesters who attacked U.S. embassies in Cairo and Benghazi, Romney simply offered condolences for the four diplomats whose lives were lost. When a heckler briefly interrupted him and accused him of trying to 'politicize' the tragedy, Romney scrapped a planned moment of silence. 'One gentleman doesn't want to be silent so we're going to keep on going,' he said."

1NewsIcon Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres and Gangnam Style.

Modelshow1NewsIcon Speaking of style, shirtless male models are always in fashion.

1NewsIcon Ants be cold: "Ant queens are only good for one thing – making more ants – so if they're not doing it the colony has no use for them. But the failed queens of one species have found a way to live out their lives: as humble workers."

1NewsIcon In the aftermath of fatal protests, Libyan activists are also gathering to show their support for America.

1NewsIcon David Cecil, the British director behind a pro-gay play banned in Uganda, has been jailed in that nation's capital for "disobeying lawful orders" after allegedly putting on an illegal production of the play.

1NewsIcon Breaking news: Amanda Bynes smoked pot, ate some tacos and smoked some more pot. In her car! God bless America.

1NewsIcon The problem with using the term "Uncle Tom" for gay people.


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