Australian Idol’s Anthony Callea says he’s gay, has Australia’s best-selling single ever

Australian Idol 2 runner-up Anthony Callea, who has “the highest-selling single in Australian chart history,” and tells the Herald Sun, “Yes, I am gay.”

Four years ago, he denied he was gay; after being outed on the radio a few weeks ago, he initially had “no comment”. Three years ago, he now says, “I didn’t want to be known as just the gay contestant from Idol. It was a very confusing time.” As a teenager, he says, “I went through a stage of major depression. I hated myself. I had to see a psychologist. I wasn’t talking to anyone. My parents didn’t know what was wrong with me.”

Callea, whose single “The Prayer” was certified four-times platinum, “I have no issue with my sexuality now, but it’s taken time to become confident with who I am and happy with who I am. I’m looking forward to living a life with no barriers and not having to worry about saying the right thing,” he said.

Anthony Callea gay and proud [Herald Sun]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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