Reality Stars on Mardi Gras
The 2012 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was held on the weekend, with American drag superstar RuPaul dismissing forty back-up dancers at the last minute because she wanted to perform solo.
An insider spoke to The Daily Telegraph, saying it was a shock for the dancers, who prepared and rehearsed all day. However, once RuPaul finished her musical number, the troupe of dancers got to do their part, even without the ‘star’.
Meanwhile, another diva was making noise on the saturday, as a bare-chested Kyle Sandilands was trolling around on popular gay men’s ‘dating’ iPhone app, Grindr. His newly-made profile was under the name ‘big gold mic’ and its welcome message was “Happy Mardi Gras darls x”.
Grindr is generally used to cruise for sex, with GPS navigating so people can locate other online members just kilometres away. As Sandilands’s manager explained, “he did it as a joke”. Apparently, the shock jock thought it would be funny to create a profile, after seeing someone else playing with Grindr during an Australia’s Got Talent recording. Could it be Grant Denyer or Brian McFadden?!
Speaking of Australia’s Got Talent, judge Dannii Minogue is in Sydney for the talent quest, but also attended the Mardi Gras to watch sister Kylie perform. However, Dannii’s partner, Kris Smith gave the show a miss as he spent the weekend in Melbourne on ‘daddy duties’ while having a ‘lad’s weekend’. The Football Superstar host said that the Mardi Gras just isn’t his thing.
While Kris hasn’t embraced the gay culture of Mardi Gras, Home and Away‘s Dan Ewing loves to call himself ‘gay-friendly’. The actor and contestant on last year’s Dancing with the Stars, attended the Belvedere/DNA party at the Beresford and was often asked about his sexual orientation. For those who don’t know, DNA is an Australian gay magazine, featuring half-naked models. In the Daily Telegraph’s Sydney Confidential, Ewing says he doesn’t “have a problem going to gay clubs and hanging out on Oxford Street” and attended the event with his fiancé, Marni Little.