SYTYCD winner Benji Schwimmer is gay: comes out discussing his Mormon faith

So You Think You Can Dance season two winner and choreographer Benji Schwimmer is gay, revealing his sexual orientation as part of five and a half hours of interviews with the Mormon Stories Podcast. (Season two finalist Travis Wall came out last year.)

MJ linked to the video and writes, “The video is 2 hours long, but is absolutely riveting. Benji discusses struggling with his sexuality as a devout, practicing Mormon and it is heartbreaking. Once I began watching, I couldn’t stop.”

In this conversation, Benji is hilarious and insightful, and it’s worth a watch; in the first video here, he talks about his experience on the Fox series, and in the second, he discusses coming to terms with being gay and how that his Mormon faith affected that, among other fascinating topics. Watch:

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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