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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.”

Watch Union J sing Coldplay's "Fix You" on last week's show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay UK 'X Factor' Contestant Inspires Drama with J Lo - Rihanna Mash-Up: VIDEO

Rylan

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!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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

Lopez

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

Clark

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

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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 !"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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

Philip

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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