Monday, 13 September 2010

X Factor: "A Real Life Diva"

Is Fagburn alone in thinking that there may - just possibly - be some kind of a subtext in this story in today's Daily Mirror?

Wacky X Factor star Nicolo Festa is “even more of a diva” in real life, friends say.
The flamboyant singer, dubbed the new Mika, loves to wear make-up and comedy glasses on wild nights out.
One pal said: “He can out-diva the best of them. He is even more over the top in real life.”
Nicolo, 21, who wowed the judges on Saturday with Carpenter’s hit A Song For You, is a regular at fashion week parties in London, Milan and New York.
Cheryl told him: “I don’t know if it’s the Italian accent or the fact you’re called Nicolo. I enjoyed your vocal – very diva-ish.”
Simon said: “I like you because you’re weird and I mean that as a compliment.
“Cheryl is right, you are a diva.” Louis added: “A real diva in the making, but that’s what makes you interesting.”

If Nicolo Festa wins, let's just hope no-one hacks into his Twitter account.
Fagburn notes how the above is all taken as good-natured banter - but compare it to the hoo-ha in last year's series when Dannii Minogue told a male contestant, Danyl Johnson, who'd just been outed in the tabloids on his choice of song; ''If we're to believe everything we read in the papers, maybe you didn't need to change the gender reference in it?''
There was the predictable hue and cry - some (daftly) even called Dannii's remark "homophobic" and reported her to Ofcom.
Conversely; "Some viewers were concerned that Minogue seemed to be referring to the contestant's sexuality in a pre-watershed family show."
Does this mean you can compliment an X Factor contestant on a gender bending act, as long as you don't make it explicit that they're attracted to the same sex?

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