Drag Queen Succeeds On American Idol!

Drag Queen Succeeds On American Idol!

Does A Gimmick Immediately Guarantee Success?

#KAY. Are you watching ABC’s current reboot of American Idol? I won’t sit here and lie to you, I’m not at all. To be honest, I really am only watching clips from their stellar marketing team who has a clip of various contestants pop up on my social media every time I scroll. Haven’t we all seen highest-paid Judge, Katy Perry, flirt with some cute Californian Construction Worker? While Perry is giving her best attempt at delivering as the judge-to-watch, it doesn’t help that this show has clearly lost it’s flavor. We’ve all spit out the gum.

One particular character – or contestant – who caught my attention recently is Adam Sanders AKA Ada Vox, a singing Drag Queen. Vox was previously on Idol in boy form and made the Top 50. There’s no doubt Vox has an incredibly powerful voice. However, I cannot help but feel this was his last ditch effort to achieve the fame he desires. As we’re all familiar, you essentially do need a gimmick to reach for reality television fame. Perhaps Vox is a singer and thus hasn’t auditioned for RuPaul’s Drag Race. Vox gets put through to the next round, but not before he received a bunch of odd compliments from the judges like Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie. The whole interaction is really forced and pretty awkward.

Okay, so I’m really excited for Vox! I truly am- anyone who reaches for their dreams and refuses to stop makes my heart glimmer. However, I cannot help but wonder if this whole gimmick of being a singing Drag Queen is only…a gimmick. Clearly, this person didn’t succeed because he wasn’t as talented or marketable previously. Now, he walks in as a Queen and has Perry screaming YAS and we should all be reanalyzing his talent? I mean, let’s get real: American Idol has become a joke. Everyone needs a story victimizing themselves in order to get airtime – because for some reason we’re supposed to vote for who we feel the worst for? It’s all really confusing in the end. Is Vox supposed to come out in drag every time we see her? Because that’s what I’m anticipating. Literally, each time she is photographed – we are only seeing her in this artistry. The only Drag Queen who has succeeded in both male and female form is the ultra-fabulous RuPaul- and there won’t be another one anytime soon. Wish you well, Vox- but I’m not buying it.

Check out Vox’s newest audition below:

This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine. Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers.

Katy Perry Reveals Her Hit Song That She Can "Barely Sing"


When you think of Katy Perry the first thing that probably comes to mind is "unbridled talent." Listening to the ruby-throated sparrow sing without autotune is like soaring on the wings of an angel, which is why the world was so shocking to hear during this week's American Idol that Perry has one song in her arsenal that she self-proclaims can "barely sing." I won't believe it for a second! 

According to Just Jared, Perry and her fellow Idol judges were deliberating over the vocal skills of a contestant, and in order to help them make a final decision, Perry challenged the singer to hit the most difficult notes from her anthemic Firework:

I know you don’t look for excuses, but I go places and I sing Firework, it’s like my favorite song ever.

Sing  Firework because I can barely sing Firework. Just sing the chorus, because that’s the hardest part.

Perry's recent woke reinvention and corresponding album Witness have been met with mixed reactions, and her stabs at forging a connection with the gay community are tenuous at best. Throw in the facts that her Idol tenure led to this interesting piece from Buzzfeed as that she bestowed a young contestant with the questionable kiss heard round the world, and Perry has had quite a polarizing 2017 and 2018. But at least we can all agree on the one thing she brings to the table. That voice. 


P.S. Sorry if this was too negative. I'm having a heavy flow day. 

This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine.  Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers.

Nun "Collapsed And Died" During Exhausting Court Battle With Katy Perry


We can go ahead and file this under: "What the F-ing F is going on?" A legal battle involving Katy Perry and a group of nuns is like the premise for a Sick Sad World bit from Daria (shout out to my 90's boys out there) and has now at least in part been linked to one nun's death. I swear to God I'm not writing this while high on angel dust. This is happening people. 

Nuns comprising the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart claim to be the rightful sellers of a convent in Los Feliz that happens to be a valuable real estate asset. They are currently in a legal battle against Katy Perry, because the nuns planned to sell the property for a cool $15.5 million to a business woman named Dana Hollister, according to Just Jared. But the Archdiocese claims to have already entered a deal to sell the property to Katy Perry for a slightly less cool $14.5 million, and now the two holy sides are butting heads in court.

Things took a turn for the tragic yesterday when eighty-nine-year-old Sister Catherine Rose Holzman collapsed and died in court. The cause of death has not yet been released, but experts think it could have to do with the fact that Holzman was eighty-nine-years-old. Nonetheless, the optics are bad for Perry, and by conflating aspects of the story, some are attributing Holzman's death to Perry's persistence in acquiring the property. Before collapsing in court, Holzman said to Fox News:

To Katy Perry, please stop. It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people.

The reality of these situations can obviously be far different than how they are reported. The nuns are relinquishing their convent to have it turned into a boutique hotel by Hollister, not a shrine to the Lord and the helpless children of the world. Still, according to the Daily Mail Perry is worth a reported $295 million, so she might want to either shell out the extra million, or just find another spot. WWJD?