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February 28, 2014

American Idol and Dreamgirls star explains how drag queens used to style her out before performances at gay clubs

Jennifer Hudson has revealed how gay people enabled her to go from $25 gigs to winning an Oscar.

The 32-year-old singer and actress shot to fame after appearing on American Idol in 2004, but reveals her singing roots are in gay clubs.

‘I used to go to gay clubs when I was a kid,’ the ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ singer explained.

‘We were 16 or 17 and my best friend would pretend to be my manager.’

She added to V Magazine: ‘He’d have business cards made up and he’d negotiate for me to sing for $25 a song.

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.

September 28, 2013

CEO Guido Barilla  promises to meet with groups in the near future

Guido Barilla has posted a video apology on the the company's US Facebook page.

The CEO of the most famous Italian pasta company has faced severe criticism since saying gays would never appear in an Barilla ad.

September 27, 2013

Arcigay announces the move against Barilla, after its chairman said 'we are in favor of the traditional family'. Gay senator Sergio Lo Giudice tells GSN: 'This is not marketing, he made a big mistake'

Italian LGBTs are boycotting the Parma-based brand Barilla, after its chairman said the company will never use gay couples in their ads as they are in favor of the ‘traditional family’.

Guido Barilla, one of the owners of the most famous Italian pasta company which exports to the United States and Latin America as well, said: ‘We won’t include gays in our ads, because we like the traditional family.

September 11, 2013

Australian popstar will replace British bisexual artist on the BBC reality competition show

Pop star Kylie Minogue will be replacing bisexual artist Jessie J as a coach on The Voice UK.

Joining will.I.am and Tom Jones for the third season, the ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ Australian star has said she is ‘very excited’ to join the show.

‘I love the concept of the show and have been an avid viewer of both series,’ she said.

‘Will I be competitive? Probably more than even I imagine? Watch this space!’

July 5, 2013

Bisexual star leaves British version of TV singing talent contest. Unclear if will.i.am will carry out his threat not to return if other coaches leave

Bisexual pop star Jessie J has quit her role as a ‘coach’ and judge on British TV singing contest, The Voice.

The show has just completed its second series with BBC bosses confirming a third series will follow next year.

But 25-year-old Jessie tweeted today: ‘I've absolutely loved my time on The Voice and I hope everyone saw and knows how passionately I felt about 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.'

May 14, 2013

'Holding Out For A Hero' pop star says now she knows that gay people watch the Eurovision Song Contest, she might stand a chance of winning it

Bonnie Tyler has said if gay people watch the Eurovision Song Contest, she might stand a chance of winning it.

The Welsh singer, famous for 80s hit ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, will be representing the UK this year in Malmö, Sweden.

Speaking to London’s Metro newspaper, she said she had no idea Eurovision is a ‘big gay thing’.

March 25, 2013

Bisexual superstar Jessie J has denied claims she is wearing false hair during promo shots of the BBC reality singing competition show

After shaving her hair off for charity, British pop star Jessie J has responded to claims she is wearing a wig in the promo for The Voice.

The bisexual ‘Domino’ star took to Twitter to end allegations of wiggery, posting a picture of her re-growth and telling fans the show is pre-recorded.

She commented saying: ‘EVERYTHING WAS FILMED PRIOR TO ME SHAVING MY HEAD THE WHOLE SERIES! So give your mean thumbs a rest and go hug someone!’

January 23, 2013

Gay CNN host says: 'This is Beyoncé's world, and we're all just living in it'

Gay CNN host Anderson Cooper has defended Beyoncé Knowles for allegedly lip-syncing the national anthem at the inauguration yesterday (22 January).

Speaking on his show AC360, Cooper brought up the controversy as part of his segment ‘The Ridiculist’.

‘Tonight it is the story everyone seems to be talking about. Oh scandalous scandal, whether Beyoncé may or may not have lip-synced her performance of the national anthem at the inauguration,’ he said.

January 10, 2013

Gay rights champion and lesbian icon Kelly Clarkson joins Beyoncé and James Taylor at US President's inauguration ceremony

Pop star and gay rights champion Kelly Clarkson has been chosen to perform at US President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony.

The American Idol winner will sing 'My Country Tis of Thee' at the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC on 21 January.

She will be joined by R&B superstar Beyoncé, who will sing the national anthem, and James Taylor performing 'America the Beautiful'.

Despite admitting she was a Republican at heart, Clarkson said she would vote for Democrat Obama over his support for gay marriage.

January 8, 2013

'I like to see people do what they enjoy and be with the person they enjoy being with'

Grammy winning singer Fantasia Barrino hopes to convince people, once and for all, that she was not putting down gay marriage in a confusing Instagram rant last week.

'First of all, my words were taken out of context!' she tells Starpulse.com. 'After being personally;attacked on my Instagram account, I was simply trying to respond and say we live in a world where things are becoming more acceptable…thank God!'

January 4, 2013

Laserlight singer shows Twitter followers photo of her looking 'rough' without any makeup on

Bisexual pop star Jessie J appears to have made a New Year's resolution to wear less make-up, tweeting a photo of herself 'au naturale'.

The British singer proved she's a hottie even without the thick eyeliner and lipstick when she surprised her 6 million Twitter followers with the picture on New Year's Day.

'Holly taking pictures of me looking rough "chillin with no makeup on" #newyearchill', she tweeted.

January 2, 2013

'I support the gay community as they support me'

Fantasia Barrino, winner of the third season of American Idol, is claiming her comments about gay marriage in an Instagram rant have been taken out of context.

The Grammy winner had posted a rant which read in part: 'Its a lot going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing: Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!!'

December 31, 2012

'Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET I'M JUDGED!'

Fantasia Barrino, the singer who managed to beat Jennifer Hudson and all other challengers to win season three of American Idol, apparently has a problem with gay marriage.

The Grammy winner took to her Intragram account and posted a rant which read in part: 'Its a lot going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing: Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!!'

December 24, 2012

Another chance to watch the viral HMS Ocean Christmas video - because GSN loves a camp sing-a-long

Gay Star News loved this video so much last year that we decided to release it this Christmas as well.

The HMS Ocean battleship’s camp mime-along to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas became a YouTube hit.

And gay celebrities got in on the excitement, with Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen sharing it with Anthony Cotton – from long-running TV soap Coronation Street and the original UK Queer As Folk.

‘It was glorious and made me laugh and cry with joy,’ said Cotton, who put the link out via Twitter.

December 20, 2012

Bisexual pop star has given fans a behind-the-scenes look at the BBC reality competition show

Bisexual pop star Jessie J has offered a behind-the-scenes look at filming the new series of The Voice UK.

The ‘Price Tag’ singer, who will return as a coach for the second run, posted images of herself filming the auditions on Instagram and Twitter.

Fellow coaches Will. i. Am, The Script frontman Danny O’Donaghue and Welsh music legend Sir Tom Jones, have also returned and began filming the blind auditions in Manchester earlier this month.

December 17, 2012

'I don't even know if they remember there are contestants anymore'

This spring will mark 10 years ago that Clay Aiken was launched to stardom after finishing as runner-up on American Idol.

He's one of the show's biggest breakout stars along with Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry.

But don't Aiken doesn't expect to be invited back to mark the 10 year anniversary of his season.

December 14, 2012

British boyband member and singer-songwriter perform Elton John and Kiki Dee's Don't Go Breaking My Heart

Oh, what a night! One Direction’s Harry Styles and British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran sang a gay classic at karaoke together as captured in a fan's video.

Styles and Sheeran were filmed singing Elton John and Kiki Dee’s ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’.

The fan video was taken at a party that followed One Direction’s recent sell-out performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

In the video, the duo put their own ‘spin’ on the famous gay classic while fellow band members Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and others cheekily danced around on stage.

November 3, 2012

Gay singer-songwriter, who has impressed audiences with her self-penned tracks, has quit the show due to illness

Lesbian contestant Lucy Spraggan has quit The X Factor due to illness.

The 21-year-old singer-songwriter said she was ‘gutted’ to pull out of the British singing competition and felt it would be unfair on the other contestants to miss two shows in a row.

Spraggan, who has impressed audiences with her self-penned tracks, had a free pass last week after coming down with ‘severe flu’.

A statement from X Factor producers said: ‘Lucy isn’t well enough to perform this weekend so she has decided to withdraw from the competition.

October 28, 2012

The 25-year-old mother lost a sing-off on the British singing competition reality show

Lesbian contestant Jade Ellis was voted off on tonight’s X Factor (28 October).

The 25-year-old mother from London performed White Flag by Dido in a sing-off with fellow bottom two act Union J.

She was chosen to stay by her mentor Tulisa, but the other judges Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh opted for the boyband.

Ellis said: ‘To me it’s just been an amazing experience, I want to thank you guys for your amazing critique, and for me, my life starts now.’

October 27, 2012

Lesbian singer-songwriter will not perform on this weekend's Halloween special and gets a free pass to next week

X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan will not take part in this week’s X Factor live shows (27/28 October).

The lesbian singer-songwriter fell ill earlier this week and producers made the decision to give her a free pass to next week’s show today.

On Twitter, the official X Factor account said: ‘NEWS: @lspraggan is just too unwell to perform on tonight’s #xfactor. Lucy will proceed to next weekend’s show as happened with [Diana Vickers].’