Gay Contestants – The Voice: 4, American Idol: 0
Here’s another reason why The Voice is better than American Idol: gay contestants are openly gay. There are 4 gay contestants on The Voice heading into the Battle Rounds next week: Vicci Martinez, Nakia, Tyler Robinson, and Beverly McClellan.
(At one point, Howard and I suspected there may be a T in there somewhere, but that’s a subject for our Secret Show with Special Guest Jim Cantiello on Thursday nights.)
American Idol currently has no gay contestants. A lot of people suspect that Jacob Lusk might be gay but he’s been seen “hitting” on women on the show. I really hope Jacob is straight because if he comes out later, it would mean that he was trying to cover up for the show, which makes me sad. It’s also possible that Jacob is too young and not yet aware of his sexuality. It gets better, Jacob. It gets better.
For 10 seasons of American Idol, fans in search of a gay superstar have almost always had to wait until a contestant was kicked off for him to come out — even when the guyliner, teased hair, and viral videos of same-sex lip locks made it pretty obvious.
There’s no need to wait on NBC’s new vocal competition, The Voice. The show boasts four gay contestants — two men and two women — heading into the battle round. Meet Vicci Martinez, Nakia, Tyler Robinson, and Beverly McClellan.
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If it's all about the "voice", then what does it matter if the contestants are gay or not? This "Voice" show wants to have it both ways it seems.
Why does it matter?
Why do gays constantly have to separate themselves? There's nothing wrong with being gay, but it doesn't have to be announced. It shouldn't be the main focus. The show is supposed to be about the voice and not the sexuality.
Idol shouldn't be blamed for contestants staying in the closet while on the show.
Jacob is obviously gay, but I digress. A while ago I think I saw a YouTube video of Danny Noriega, another obviously gay contestant, and if I remember correctly, the producers made him say "his crush" instead of his boyfriend in his package before he sang. I hate that American Idol pimps contestants who have wives or babies, but they refuse to let the gay contestants be out. You can't make me believe that in 10 seasons, not one person was willing to say they were gay or introduce their partner. This has always bothered me. The gay contestants never seem to win, despite obviously being the better singer in the cases of Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert. I'm surprised Lady GaGa, queen of the gays, would even perform on Idol, but I guess that's business. One more thing, I remember back in the day when Mario Vasquez dropped out of the competition completely out of nowhere, then all of those rumors surfaced about him and the male producer in the bathroom. I'd bet my left foot that they kicked him off the show because he was fooling around with the producer (as opposed to assaulting him).
I just want to say thanks Rickey for such an awesome blog! This is my daily routine. This season had made me realize that I probably won't be watching Idol anymore (after 10 years!), but I'll continue to come here and show love.
Jacob isn't gay. In other news. Water isn't wet. The Sun isn't hot. Fire doesn't burn, and Seacrest isn't short.
Wow. I am loving The Voice because of it's premise that it's the VOICE that matters. I couldn't care less about who sleeps with who. The idea that someone likes one show more because there are more gay contestants is just as distasteful to me as someone DISliking a show due to the fact that there may be gay contestants.
Marie, I think you'd be surprised how many people DON'T CARE about a person's sexuality. In fact, I'd wager if someone on American Idol was gay, talented, and open but mundane about it, they'd be praised by the general audience left and right and even revered :] Sure, people would be turned off, but I think an equal amount of people would be...turned on :D
Well, American Idol knows its demogs. It's middle America, wholesome Christian America. Who do you think comes to the concerts? And the majority of Americans would be turned off if they knew that half the contestants were gay. AI would lose half its audience. And don't think that Jacob isn't catching flack for his "effeminate" ways. It's not something you want to advertise on national TV in front of 20 mil people. Not only that, he has to go back to his 'hood, and don't you know that Black people are rough on openly gay men?
Um Marie Im pretty sure 1 of the points was that Adam mostly tried to hide the fact while on the show, im pretty sure he has even said that. He certainly has no issue showing his love for the man stick now and again thats 1 of the points. If im reading ur statement right that Adam was openly gay
So true. LOL. Rickey, just because people don't announce that they're gay (Hello, I'm gay) like Adam does, doesn't mean they're not gay. That's like asking heterosexual contestants to announce, hello I'm hetero.