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Adam Lambert Joins The X Factor

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Ever since there were rumblings years ago that American Idol producers were contemplating filling up the panel with former alums, I’ve wanted to see Adam Lambert judge a singing competition. Today, I finally get my wish. Albeit a different show but still.

The 34-year-old singer is heading down under to join The X Factor Australia for the show’s eighth season. The “Ghost Town” singer will sit alongside Iggy Azalea and Guy Sebastian. A fourth judge will be revealed at a later date.

“I am very excited to join X Factor in Australia and am looking forward to helping people shine their brightest,” the singer told the Daily Telegraph in an interview.“Australia has always been one of my favorite places to tour. The Aussies I’ve met are so kind and good humored – so the thought of getting to live in Sydney is exciting.”

Though he was never a full-time judge on Idol, Lambert stepped in once for Keith Urban during the auditions and proved he could hold his own, providing valid and constructive feedback. Will you watch Lambert on The X Factor? Sound off below.

TropOut: Chill, Party & Explore

In: Patrick, Totally GAY!, Travel & Leisure
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There are many different ways you can take “gaycation” these days. You have your gay cruises, circuit party festivals, prides, adventure travel, quaint bed & breakfasts getaways & plenty more. With all of these options to choose from, there has still been an opportunity for something different. That’s where TropOut comes in.

This past April, TropOut was launched and set in the beautiful paradise that is Phuket, Thailand. The event is described as “an exclusive week-long travel festival for gay travellers from all corners of the globe.” The week is build with balanced combination of of chilling, partying and exploring. I was fortunate enough to attend this event and had an incredible time. The week of fun in the sun was kicked off with a phenomenal welcome party on the beach headlined by Robin Schulz (“Waves, “Sugar,” “Prayer In C”). Throughout the week, TropOutters took part in pool parties, theme parties, speedboat island hopping, city excursions, cooking classes, and of course just chilled out and relaxed on the beach or pool side.

Pictures from my experience & details on the next TropOut location after the jump…

Australia Enlists Dami Im For 2016 Eurovision Entry

In: Donovan, Music
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Throughout the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, only two countries outside Eurasia have competed- Morocco in 1980 and Australia in 2015. The latter’s participation in last year’s competition was initially announced as a one-off event. Well, The Land Down is back and back with a vengeance.

Not that I’ve heard any other entries from other countries yet, but “Sound of Silence” sounds like a serious contender for the win. The X Factor Australia winner Dami Im absolutely slays the vocals on the mid-tempo ballad. The song should, at the very least match, if not succeed, the country’s entry last year. The Guy Sebastian track, “Tonight Again,” placed in fifth place. Hopefully, Australia’s invitation to the competition is a permanent one now. Especially, if they keep churning out submissions like this.

Check out the accompanying visual below. The Korean-Aussie singer emotes her little heart out while a shirtless dance prances around her.

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Cyrus Villanueva is the reigning winner of The X Factor Australia. He was mentored by Chris Isaak and is the second in a row of Philippine heritage to win the competition, after 2014 winner Marlisa Punzalan. Apparently, Aussies love them some talented Filipinos. Who knew?

The Season 7 winner, who now goes only by Cyrus, recently released his debut single titled “Stone.” I actually quite like it. It’s not bad given the speedy turnaround after winning the show. Check out the accompanying visual below which shows him tickling the ivories, taking a dip in the pool and hitting the town with his lady love. I predict big things for him.

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If a male equivalent of The Vagina Monologues existed, it probably would sound a lot like this. The Testicle Diaries anyone?

A new YouTube series, “The Boys” by Australian leisure brand Bonds gives a comedic look at the lives of your boys down under. I love how one of the balls is slightly lower than the other. Great attention to detail 😉

Listen below to the conversation between your left and right testicles. Who doesn’t love to eavesdrop?

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Geri Halliwell Debuts ‘Half Of Me’

In: Donovan, Music

Geri Halliwell is no dummy. She knows the 90s and redheads are hotter than ever. It only makes sense for Ginger Spice to launch a comeback now.

Much like Ricky Martin capitalizing on his Australian Voice stint bringing him back to relevancy, Halliwell is doing the same with her Australia’s Got Talent gig. She recently signed with Sony Music Australia and teamed up with Aussie hitmakers DNA for an upbeat new track titled “Half of Me.”

She debuted the single recently during a live performance in Sydney Australia on The NRL Footy Show Grand Final Edition. Check it out below. I can’t wait for the music video. I expect gay campy fun. Anything less will be a disappointment.

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Infamous underwear and swimwear brand Cocksox is celebrating seven years in business with a sinful new ad campaign. Appropriately enough, the Aussie brand went with a biblical-inspired theme. The seven deadly sins.

Sydney based photographer Elvis Di Fazio used stark white backgrounds and eye-popping visuals to tell the tale of each of the sins. Models Rogan Richards and Steve Williams leave very little to the imagination as they act out greed, lust, pride, envy, anger, gluttony and sloth. Check out the sexy visuals and behind-the-scenes video below.

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Earlier this year I highlighted Nic Pletts in my Model Behavior series. At the time, I mentioned that he had an equally hot brother named Campbell. I had no idea that they were twins. Even better. Two is always better than one 😉

The South African pair have been tapped by Marcuse Swimwear to front their new ad campaign. Check them out modeling the latest from the Australian brand below.

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