Is America Too Homophobic For Gay "Idol"?
This CNN report suggests the recent axing of "American Idol" contestants Danny Noriega and David Hernandez may have had more to do with their perceived sexual orientation rather than poor singing.
Noriega, who recently rapped about being gay in a YouTube video, and Hernandez, who worked as a stripper in a Glendale gay bar, generated quite a bit of buzz in the past couple of weeks, and yet they both ended up on the chopping block.
Although the singers recently received some harsh criticism from judge Simon Cowell, did both of them really deserve to get booted off the show?
According to TMZ.com, judge Randy Jackson reacted to axing of Noriega, who certainly knew how to make his appearances fun to watch, by saying "We should have kept him." Given some of the talent left on the show, no surprise there.
Hernandez, on the other hand, was rumored to be - along with front runner David Archuletta - the focus of record companies executives. His recent rendition of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" generated a lot of praise from all 3 judges.
Unlike some of the contestants whose spouses/boyfriends/girlfriends are mentioned on the show, neither one of the two singers made any references to their personal lives. Coincidence? Or fear of losing votes?