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Here’s How Upset Some ‘American Idol’ Fans Are That A Drag Queen Made The Top Ten

“I think we do know talent when we see it.”

American Idol contestant Ada Vox had the audience chanting her name over the roof top after slaying her performance of Jennifer Holliday’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” The loud applauses and the judge’s standing ovation left Vox emotionally overwhelmed. Although Vox wasn’t one of the top contestants to be chosen through America’s votes, the judges overruled the voting outcome to put Vox in the top ten.

Katy Perry took off her earrings and said, “I think we do know talent when we see it.”

It was then the judges collectively made the executive decision to send Vox to the top ten, making her the first ever drag queen to make it to “American Idol’s” top ten. In response, several “American Idol” fans had mixed emotions about this decision.

Some were particularly bothered about Vox’s stage identity as a drag queen.

However, those types of hateful comments were shut down quickly.


Yes, yes, and yes. ? There’s no one version or definition of who an American idol is or should be.

Also brought to the top ten by the judges was contestant Michelle Sussett.


Rather than performing a cover of a song, Sussett performed an original song of hers called “I’m a Dreamer.” In both Spanish and English, Sussett sang her heart out, delivering lyrics that resonated very much with DREAMers across America. One of these impactful lyrics being, “I’m just like you, I just want something better. It doesn’t matter where you come from.”

Similar to Vox’s case, it wasn’t America’s votes that took Sussett to the top ten, rather the judge’s collective decision. This makes Sussett the first ever Venezuelan to make it to “American Idol’s” top ten.

Some “American Idol” fans disagreed with the judge’s decision.


Others, on the other hand, recognized Sussett’s hard work.


Stay tuned for the next episode of “American Idol” on Sunday, April 29th to follow Vox and Sussett’s journey and make sure to vote for your favorite contestants here.


WATCH: San Antonio Drag Queen Ada Vox Belts Out ‘Creep’ By Radiohead And Makes It To The Top 24

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TikTok And Netflix Celebrate ‘Tiger King’ Anniversary With Drag Queen Musical

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TikTok And Netflix Celebrate ‘Tiger King’ Anniversary With Drag Queen Musical

It was over a year ago when Tiger King was unleashed upon all of our quiet, unsuspecting “two-week” quarantines. Little did we know at the time that the now hit TV show would be just one of many that we binged watch over the course of our new normal.

To celebrate the show’s one year anniversary, Netflix is spoiling all of us with even more Tiger King content, in the best way possible. They’re throwing a bunch of drag queens into the mix. They will bring us a live TikTok drag-queen musical adaptation starring RuPaul’s Drag Race alums. And the Internet is gagging!

Netflix is giving new life to the hit TV show Tiger King in the best way possible!

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the documentary series that took a far more innocent pre-Covid world by storm, Netflix is upping the ridiculous to an even more extreme level.

While based on true events, Tiger King captured our imaginations by its larger-than-life real characters, over-the-top (again real) storylines and insane twists and turns. So who better to bring such a bold and brash story to life again than some of the world’s most popular drag queens?!

In what may be the most ridiculous announcement of the new year, Vulture was first to report the anniversary announcement of a live staged production of the docuseries’ story, or at least something related to it.

Honestly, they’ve got one of the queens taking on the role of “The Tiger,” so we don’t really know what to expect. Except that we full expect it to be glorious.

The drag queen cast is full of talent and won’t disappoint.

“The Tiger Queens: The Tiger King Musical Live” is being described as a TikTok musical and stars “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alums in all of its key roles — did we mention the tiger? — including Willam as Joe Exotic, Kim Chi as Carole Baskin and Heidi N. Closet taking on what has to be the hardest role, “The Tiger.”

But we suspect the reigning Miss Congeniality, from the most recent cycle of the long-running competition series, will be just purrific in the role. Willam was ousted from Season 4, but has gone on to actual acting gigs on projects as big as “A Star Is Born.” Chi made it to finalist on Season 8.

“Tiger Queens” will stream live on Netflix’s TikTok account on Sunday, March 28, so you have a few days left to mentally prepare yourself.

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Meet Diego Garijo: MMA Fighter By Day, Fierce Drag Queen By Night

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Meet Diego Garijo: MMA Fighter By Day, Fierce Drag Queen By Night

It may seem like the world of MMA fighting and the world of drag are in two completely different solar systems. One is all about how strong you are, your ability to literally take gut punches and withstand physical attacks. The other is about cultivating your art and allowing your inner self to shine through. But dig a little deeper and you see that both are all about being the fiercest version of yourself.

One man seems to have figured that out long before all of us, as he’s been straddling both worlds for years as renowned MMA fighter Diego Garijo in the ring and as fierce drag queen Lola by night.

Diego Garijo is the straight, drag ally we need right now.

Diego Garijo is an imposing figure in the ring. He’s 41-years-old and covered in tattoos with a recorded seven victories in the ring before suffering a detached retina and having to put the sport on hold. But he’s since come back with a vengeance and got into bare-knuckle boxing.

For Garijo, fighting is an art form through which he entertains. Becoming ‘Lola Pistola’ allows another part of himself to shine and fulfill his need for artistic expression.

Garijo says that drag and MMA have more in common than we might think.

While being a drag queen may seem a world away from being an MMA fighter, Garijo has expressed his belief that the two pastimes actually work well together.

In an interview with VICE, 41-year-old Garijo said that he gets ‘a lot of love from people in the drag scene, as well as the trans and gay communities.’ He stressed that his support doesn’t stop there, as Lola is also loved by ‘big tough fighters’.

Garijo commented: ‘Maybe they are also hiding an element of themselves that they would like to bring out more.’

His story as an immigrant has also played a major part in his creativity and art forms.

Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Garijo was smuggled into the US as a child. And as a youth, spent many of his years serving time in prison, which is where he got into fighting.

As for getting into drag; Garijo says that really began when he was a child, with a photo of him as a six-year-old wearing his mother’s underwear. He was brought up without a father and says he had a couple of gay cousins, so he ‘wasn’t exposed to many traditional masculine stereotypes.’

He continued: ‘Maybe that’s why I can be very feminine. I think people wonder if I’m gay, but they don’t understand that femininity and sexual preference are two completely different things.’

After being bullied as a child he has found that ‘art and fighting’ offer an outlet to the trauma he carries with him, and both through fighting and creating ‘a personality that has no shame’, he feels is able to ‘take a step forward in combat when others would take a step back.’

Currently, Diego is filming a new documentary about his life journey. His dear friend John Padilla serves as writer, director and producer of the project that they hope will find a home at Netflix.

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