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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.


1 Georgie { 03.06.12 at 9:11 pm }

RR, the Grindr / Australia’s Got Talent connection could have been a contestant – like the drag queen Wayne Rogers.

No doubt about KS though, what a dickhead. Then again, maybe this is the real him, which would explain why he’s such a bully if he’s living a lie and repressing gay leanings.

2 Anthony { 03.06.12 at 9:50 pm }

No, I doubt Grant or Brian would be using Grindr. I’m just teasing :-)

3 Georgie { 03.06.12 at 9:54 pm }

Sorry Anthony I didn’t check the author – thilly me!

Consider my post re-addressed to you.

4 Chunks { 03.07.12 at 12:16 am }

If only I’d known Kyle was on Grindr his page could have been so appropriately posted to this site:

5 Jason { 03.07.12 at 8:35 am }

Instead of all these stars stating they are “gay friendly” or like going to all the gay events, how about standing up and publicly speaking out against marriage inequality or discrimination against their gay friends

6 brain dead dave { 03.11.12 at 5:02 am }

Photo no 3 on Chunks’ link looks an awful lot like a certain judge on a certain cooking show if you ask me.

7 littlepetal { 03.11.12 at 8:38 am }

Very true, BDD

8 Anthony { 03.11.12 at 8:47 am }

@brain dead dave: just not as fit!

9 Georgie { 03.11.12 at 9:29 am }

Spot on bdd – and from what I’ve read on this blog, he’s also a bit of a douche, a touchy feely one anyway.