eliminated Pop Idol contestant Korben blames being outed for dismissal.

eliminated Pop Idol contestant Korben blames being outed for dismissal.
The first of nine Pop Idol finalists to be eliminated by a vote from the audience, 21-year-old Korben, says, “I didn’t declare my sexuality–it was only after it had been publicly outed that everybody knew.” Without the revelation last week that he participated in Channel 5′s Mr. Gay UK contest back in 1998, Korben says, “I think…there would have been a pretty good chance of me getting through.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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