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March 2, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Ricky Martin, Clay Aiken and Steve Grand also make top 10 in Out Magazine poll

Adam Lambert has been voted the most eligible bachelor by the readers of Out Magazine besting Ricky Martin, Jonathan Groff and Steve Grand, among others.

It's the second year in row the American Idol alum has claimed the title.

This time he got a commanding 28% of the total votes and was able to withstand a flood of votes from Clay Aiken fans who catapulted their man to the number two spot.

January 19, 2015

'It's still stuff that fans know and love but it's a new chapter100 percent'

Adam Lambert has been mighty busy in recent years with his solo touring and his performing as frontman with Queen.

But Lambert, who was a guest judge on American Idol last week, has not released a studio album since Trespassing in May 2012.

That is about to change.

Lambert has announced a new multiple-album deal with Warner Bros. with the first album (his third overall) due out in early summer. He had split with RCA after two albums due to creative differences.

January 8, 2015

One of the most popular singers from season 12 says she was 'traumatized' by the show

American Idol singer Jaidah Davila has come out as a trans woman.

One of the most popular singers from season 12, she belted out Adele classics like Rumor Has It to make her way to the semi-finals.

But while she may have been presenting as a boy at that point, she has since transitioned and is now living and working as a singer.

December 15, 2014

Series centers on teen who learns his parents are getting a divorce and his dad is becoming a woman

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest became a behind-the-scenes television force with the success of the much-maligned reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Seacrest's latest effort as a producer will most likely earn a bit more respect.

It's My Transparent Life, a groundbreaking docu-series that follows a teen named Ben who is not only dealing with his parents getting a divorce but also with the fact that his father is transitioning to female.

November 6, 2014

American Idol alum had been followed for months by documentary crew

Clay Aiken had hoped his bid to represent his home state of North Carolina in the US House of Representatives would allow him to fully transition out of show business.

Instead, it has landed him back as the star of a reality series.

Aiken, 35, lost the election decisively to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers this week. The openly-gay Democrat had faced an uphill battle from the start in the heavily-Republican 2nd District.

Viewers will get a close-up view of Aiken's journey from announcing his candidacy back in February to election day.

November 5, 2014

American Idol alum projected to lose in North Carolina to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers

Clay Aiken has lost his bid for a North Carolina seat in the US House of Representatives.

A runner-up on both American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice, Aiken found himself finishing second once again - this time to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers.

Ellmers was leading Aiken with more than 56 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.

November 4, 2014

Former American Idol runner-up is running for North Carolina seat

Clay Aiken is hoping for a better finish to election day than how things got started.

Aiken had just finished voting for himself for a seat in the US Congress representing the 2nd District of North Carolina when he boarded his campaign bus and discovered it had broken down.

September 25, 2014

Although he is most famous congressional candidate in the US, Aiken faces uphill battle with North Carolina voters

Clay Aiken parlayed his runner-up finish on the second season on American Idol into a successful recording career and stints on Broadway.

But at 35, he has turned his energy and ambition to politics as the Democratic candidate for a seat in the US Congress representing the 2nd District of North Carolina.

While he is currently the most famous congressional candidate in the US right now - he has been on the cover of Rolling Stone and People magazines in the past - Aiken is fighting an uphill battle in a largely Republican district.

September 18, 2014

Show's former runner-up handles New York auditions as Urban is with wife Nicole Kidman after death of her father

Adam Lambert is back on American Idol - this time as a judge.

The show suddenly found itself one judge short during its New York auditions when Keith Urban left to be with wife Nicole Kidman in Australia after her father's sudden death over the weekend.

Lambert, the season 8 runner-up and one of the most successful stars to ever emerge from the show, agreed to join Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. at the judge's table temporarily.

May 7, 2014

Openly gay singer holds slight lead in Democratic primary in North Carolina

Clay Aiken has emerged with a slight lead over his closest rival in his bid for the Democratic nomination for a North Carolina seat in the US House of Representatives.

Aiken, 35, holds a slight lead of more than 300 votes over Keith Crisco but it might be some time before the final results are known.

Absentee and provisional ballots must still be counted and could potentially alter the outcome, according to the News Observer.

May 2, 2014

The gay man who came second place in the 2003 American Idol contest is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers and take North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district for the Democrats

2003 American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is making a bid for national political office in his home state of North Carolina, hoping his star power can unseat a Republican incumbent for the Democrats.

Aiken announced his candidacy with a campaign website and video on 5 February but it had gone largely unnoticed until he made a guest appearance on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report to discuss why he is running for office.

April 3, 2014

Singer-songwriter told his fans on Twitter about his upcoming album while calling on those who described his sexual orientation as 'sad'

American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has spoken out against people who call his homosexuality a 'disability'.

The flamboyant singer said he has received comments and tweets such as ‘it’s so sad to be gay’ and he finds the statements ‘indirectly offensive’.

‘It ain't a DISABILITY!! It's just a disposition ya'll. the only thing that makes it "hard to deal with" is when folks be ignant bout it. Ha’, Lambert tweeted.

March 17, 2014

'Freddie Mercury is one of the greatest singers that ever lived, and he’s a big idol for me'

Adam Lambert's tenor voice has proven to be the perfect match for the classic songs of the rock band Queen so it's no surprise he would join forces with the surviving band members to do a tour this summer.

But Lambert wasn't always so sure that he would be able to step in successfully for the band's late, great lead singer Freddie Mercury.

'At first it was a little daunting when we did our first incarnation of this,' he said of a handful of European shows he did with the band in the summer of 2012.

March 6, 2014

Brian May says Lambert 'the only singer' who can deliver as lead singer of their classic songs

Adam Lambert announced today that he will be performing with the two surviving members of the classic rock band Queen in a 19-date North American tour this summer.

Lambert appeared on ABC's Good Morning America with Brian May and Roger Taylor for the announcement.

The American Idol alum called May and Taylor 'rock royalty' and described Queen as 'one of the quintessential rock bands of all time - they have formed music no one's ever heard before.'

'They've influenced bands for years to come,' he added.

February 18, 2014

Season 8 runner-up returns this week as mentor and says 'show is doing a really good job this year of revamping'

Adam Lambert may not have won the American Idol crown but the season 8 runner-up returns to the show this week a superstar.

The Grammy nominee, the first openly gay artist to ever have an album reach the number one spot on the Billboard sales charts, likes what is happening to the singing competition this season.

'I think the show is doing a really good job this year of kind of revamping a little bit and keeping up with the times,' Lambert says.

February 14, 2014

MK Nobilette, 20, is unbelievably the show's first singer to come out while they were on the show

It might be 2014, it might have gone on for over a decade, but American Idol has never had an gay contestant open about their sexuality from day one.

In its 13th season, the US reality show finally has one.

MK Nobilette, 20, is the first to speak about her sexuality to the American Idol cameras.

After performing Ed Sheeran’s ‘The A Team’ during Hollywood Round, Nobilette sat in front of the judges to learn her fate.

February 5, 2014

Openly gay Amercian Idol alum gives failing grade to North Carolina congresswoman he wants to replace in US House of Reps

Clay Aiken, the runner-up on American Idol then the runner-up on Celebrity Apprentice, is hoping for a first-place finish that will land him in Washington DC.

The openly gay singer on Wednesday (5 February) announced that he is running for a seat in the US Congress.

'I'm not a politician,' he said in a video on his campaign website. 'I don't ever want to be one.'

Aiken, 35, hopes to unseat Tea Party Republican favorite Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's conservative 2nd congressional district.

December 24, 2013

Some want snow, some want sunshine - all want family

Cheyenne Jackson has had plenty of snow on Christmas. So this year, the Tony Award nominated star is hoping for plenty of sunshine.

'I just moved to LA so I'll be spending it with my family in Laguna Beach,' Jackson tells Gay Star News. 'It will be my first time without snow - I'm excited. Me and my boyfriend are going to go out there.'

It's Jackson's first Christmas with new boyfriend, actor Jason Landau. He split from husband Monte Lapka this summer after less than two years of marriage and a decade together.

December 6, 2013

Singer tweets: 'Let me set the record straight. I’m Bi. Pun intended'

Crystal Bowersox, the singer who made it all the way to the finals of American Idol in 2010, seems to have started a trend when she quietly came out as bisexual last week on Twitter.

In the days since, actress Maria Bello came out as bi in a New York Times column and a day later Olympic diver Tom Daley did the same in a YouTube video.

But of the three, Bowersox is the only one to actually use the word 'bisexual.'

She tweeted to her followers: 'Let me set the record straight. I’m Bi. Pun intended.'

November 4, 2013

Was rejected by show that begins featuring him in guest role this week

Imagine an alternative pop culture universe where Adam Lambert was cast as a kid on Glee instead of making his name on American Idol.

It could have happened.

The Grammy-nominated star says he auditioned for the Fox hit in his pre-Idol days.

'It’s funny because I actually auditioned for the show before it started before I was on Idol. The casting director was like. "Well, I love your voice but I think you’re too old to be in the show" and so I didn’t get it. And then Idol happened.'

July 5, 2013

Singer performs 10 songs at event in Hollywood

Adam Lambert agreed to perform three songs at Tuesday night's Trevor Project and AT&T’s Live Proud Campaign.

He performed 10.

The Grammy Award nominated American Idol runner-up dazzled the crowd at Playhouse Hollywood with such hits as Whaddaya Want From Me.

Among those in the crowd was Extra co-host Mario Lopez.

June 25, 2013

Pet Shop Boys says he was offered the judging role but turned it down after he felt producers just wanted a 'bitchy gay Englishman'

Pet Shop Boys star and gay English singer-songwriter Neil Tennant has revealed he was offered a judging role on American Idol after Simon Cowell left.

The ‘It’s A Sin’ singer believes the producers wanted a ‘bitchy gay Englishman’ on the show.

May 31, 2013

'If they called me, I’d be like, "Yeah. Where do I sign?"'

Adam Lambert, one of the most successful American Idol alums in the show's history, said this week he'd love to return to the singing competition as a judge.

'Dude if they called me, “I’d be like yeah. Where do I sign?”' Lambert tells Hollywood Life. 'It would be very cool. It would be exciting.'

January 29, 2013

Singer raising money for We Are Family Foundation

Singer Adam Lambert turns 31 today (29 January) and is using the occasion to raise money for a cause close to his heart.

The 2008 American Idol runner-up asked his fans to donate $31 to the We Are A Family Foundation which creates and supports programs that inspire and educate people about mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation of cultural diversity.