Are we ready for a gay or lesbian Australian Idol?
Hot off the heels of gay rumours from within the Idol bunker, Nathan ‘I’m camp but not gay’ Brake has refuted resident metro panellist Dicko’s suggestion that he should embrace his theatrics and sense of camp.
Rumour also has it that boot-scooting, fun-lovin’ Kate Cook is a dyke, and her rendition of Are You Gonna Be My Girl belted out with unchanged lyrics apparently sent the water-cooler gossip set into overdrive — but kudos for having the chutzpah to do it, I say.
Brake, however, seems opposed to Dicko’s advice, instead attempting to amp the butch-o-meter, which is even more awkward to watch. But hello — the show itself is gay as. Well, at least it could be. Dicko’s camp sensibilities, Marcia’s sister-girlfriend finger snappin’, Ricki-Lee, Andrew G’s hair.
I guess there was little doubt with Anthony Callea, although he was outed after the show. But it begs the question — why should anyone feel they need compromise part of who they we are just to win a competition? Surely mainstream audiences can handle it? We’re living in 2009, for heaven’s sake!
Openly gay American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, recently said, “I’m gay, I’m bi-curious … I don’t define myself by my sexuality.” And props to him for bringing an honest and unique dimension to the show, not to mentioning nearly winning the thing! Then bloggers have blathered for years about Clay Aiken’s sexuality, and when Will Young outed himself, Britons didn’t bat an eye.
Then, of course, our very own wild card and Sheer Cover gal about town, Courtney Act, wasn’t letting anything stand in her way. “Idol was a fantastic opportunity, but like everything, it’s up to the individual to make the most of it,” she told SSO. Courtney has arguably gone on to bigger and better things than most of the finalist cast-offs put together.
But from the few eps I’ve caught this year, it’s all a bit of a yawn, really.
Like him or loathe him, the absence of contentious bad-boy judge Kyle Sandilands is being felt, and I feel nervous for replacement Jay Dee every time he opens his mouth. This daft new format is all a bit blah, with some pretty lacklustre performances. I’d say I’d be gunning for a pink win, if only I could give a toss.
For now, my money’s on Andrew G’s hair.

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