“American Idol” has had its share of gay contestants over the years: R.J. Helton, Clay Aiken, Jim Verraros, Adam Lambert.
None officially “came out” until after the show was over and the show itself has never stated a person being gay in its back story packages. Lambert was out before “Idol” but never said so or would confirm anything while on the show. Was that his own choice or the producers? Lambert has always said it was his but there has always been suspicions otherwise.
“The Voice,” on the other hand, didn’t hide the fact some of its contestants were gay, including two finalists, Beverly McClellan and Vicci Martinez.
Judge Adam Levine told the Advocate he was befuddled by all this:
“What’s always p***ed me off about Idol is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken,” he tells the mag. “C’mon. You can’t be publicly gay? At this point? On a singing competition? Give me a break.”