‘Out’ from the start, ‘Idol’ rocker seeks own way to stardom
David Bowie. Mick Jagger. Steven Tyler. Run through a list of rock stars, and you’ll find plenty of ambiguous sexuality, theatrical flamboyance, machismo combined with mystery.
Now, hoping to enter the pantheon, comes Adam Lambert, “American Idol” runner-up, wannabe rock star, and – as of last week – openly gay man.
When Lambert, 27, the ÃƒÆ’ ¼berconfident “Idol” contestant with the painted nails and wailing high notes, came out to mainstream audiences in Rolling Stone magazine, he was joining a tradition of aggressive androgyny that’s as old as rock ‘n’ roll itself. He was also breaking new ground: ending the mystery about his sexuality at the start of his rock career.
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It’s not easy finding bona fide stars! But…by George…I think we’ve done it!
The first studio show of So You Think You Can Dance went out on Wednesday, followed by the live results show on Thursday. What an exciting week! Our Top 20 for season 5 are truly amazing. The dance talent is incredible in all the different genres, they’re a fun and vivacious bunch, and all of them have done pretty well in the gene pool — I think they may be our most visually pleasing Top 20 yet!
Before I began hosting the show I had preconceptions about just how competitive and cutthroat this TV program would be, but I have been shocked, surprised and delighted by the camaraderie, friendship and general team-player attitude of all the dancers. I know this seems hard to believe, as of course, there is only one title of “America’s Favorite Dancer” and there is only one check for $250, 000.
Jordin Sparks lives up to her name
There was no Chris Brown. No Paula ‘ ¦ or Randy ‘ ¦ or Simon, either. But Jordin Sparks seems to be doing just fine on her own. The 2007 American Idol winner showed off a more mature vocal range during a 14-song, hour-long set on Saturday night as she kicked off Universal Orlando’s Summer Concert Series. But, it was she said in between her growing collection of pop hits that was most impressive. Sparks isn’t afraid of being a role model. In fact, she seems to embrace it. Prior to a beautiful rendition of “God Loves Ugly, ” Sparks talked about her battle with her personal self-esteem, telling the young, impressionable crowd that she struggles with it every day. But, she had a secret: “It is our differences and blemishes that make us beautiful. It is OK to be yourself.”
Tony-nominated ‘The Color Purple’ comes to Boston
LaToya London couldn’t catch the season finale of “American Idol.” The season three finalist was busy working.
She wasn’t too upset about it, though, because she loves her job.
London now works as many former idols do ‘ treading the boards, along with alums like Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis.
She’s one of the stars of the first national tour of “The Color Purple.” The stage version of the controversial Alice Walker novel turned Steven Spielberg movie comes to Boston on June 16 for a near two-week run.
The Oprah Winfrey-produced phenom also stars three actresses from the acclaimed Broadway musical ‘ Kenita R. Miller, Felicia P. Fields and Angela Robinson.
And yes, London did get to meet the Big O herself.