‘American Idol’ Alum Danny Noriega to Compete on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’
As "American Idol's" Danny Noriega might say, this is almost TMTH (too much to handle). Yahoo's Reality Rocks can exclusively confirm rumors that the wild Season 7 Idol, famous for his perfectly purple-streaked emo hair, skinny ties, and sassing back to Simon Cowell, has just signed up for another, very different reality competition: "RuPaul's Drag Race"! And Danny is looking very different these days, too.
Since leaving "Idol's" top 16 in 2008, Danny, now age 24, has reinvented himself as the fabulous drag queen Adore Delano, performing in drag shows across Southern California and rubbing glittery shoulders with "Drag Race" alums like Morgan McMichaels. Danny/Adore even auditioned for "Drag Race" last season, narrowly missing the cut. But when Season 6 premieres in February 2014 on the Logo network, Adore Delano will finally get her closeup. (Interestingly, she will be competing against Courtney Act, a veteran of "Australian Idol," so this will be a very Idolicious season.)
Reality Rocks caught up with Danny to learn about his surprising history of teenage cross-dressing, his "punk-rock mermaid" alter ego, and life after "Idol."
So, when did you first get into drag?
In high school I dabbled in drag. I used to compete in singing competitions, like at the Christian college by my house. And I, like, lived basically my life as a girl from 14 to 16. Right before I auditioned for "American Idol" my mom made me kinda cut my hair off, but yeah, I was wearing makeup from, like, 13 to 16, and I was like completely a girl from 14 to 16.