The third season of Songbird came to a close last night, which means we have our newest Best Singer in Philadelphia.
After 14 weeks of competitive singing, first-name-only chanteuse Kaleia walked away with the top honor. I chatted with three of the competition’s judges, singer-songwriter/supermodel Cory Wade, ukulele champ Eric Jaffe and Songbird season 2 winner Larisa Bunch, to see why they chose her among the other five finalists.
Cory Wade: “Kaleia is a class-act and a true inspiration to the Philly trans community. Right now it is crucial for the trans community to support and uplift one another in spite of the social struggles these brave people have to endure every day. I love what she represents. Kaleia is such an honest performer and it’s hard not to feel her spirit when she’s on that stage. I’m excited to see what she does next.”
That’s exactly what The Bronzed Bee was hoping guests would say as they showed up to U Bar in their ugliest holiday sweaters for its first My Big Gay Tacky Sweater Party. On hand were the fabulously feisty Brittany Lynn, the ever popular (and ever big mouthed) Bev, and America’s Next Top Model alum Cory Wade Hindorff, who all doubled as the event’s judges. Their task: to decide who wore the tackiest holiday sweater. There was plenty of laughter, cocktails, and holiday cheer, all for a good cause. (Guests brought donations for Toys for Tots.)
We were there to take part in the fun and capture some of the great moments of the super gay event. It was the only time when being the worst dressed was awarded this holiday season!
Cory Wade Hindorff rocking his very special sweater!
Even the bartenders got in the spirit!
Josh Middleton with judges Brittany Lynn and Bev.
Billy Cavallo (and his abs) and Bev
Brittany thought that was funny.
A sampling of the toys collected for Toys for Tots.
That looks festive.
Brittany Lynn and Bev with a party guest.
The G Philly crew with Cory and Brittany.
Bev has made her decision for who is the tackiest dressed girl!
Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Keith Carlos was crowned America’s Next Top Model on Friday during Tyra Bank’s long-running reality show’s season finale. This makes Carlos the first man to win the competition, since ANTM started including male models last season.
According to FOX 29, Carlos beat out 30 other men and women for the top prize, which earns him a contract with Next Model Management and a spread in Nylon magazine.
In a statement to Zap2It, Carlos said, “”I was very surprised that I won, because Will was such a strong model and Adam was so red-hot towards the end. The fact that I came through and pulled it out was very surprising for me.”
Philly singer/model/actor/drag performer Cory Wade (née Hindorff) made like Beyoncé and dropped a secret single and video last night at midnight. This is the soulful-voiced crooner’s third single this year, but the first that’s tailor made for a gay dancefloor. (Are you listening, DJ Carl Michaels?)
“Pose Down” is an upbeat, club-ready tune that finds the former Top Model contestant giving lessons on how to summon your inner fierce model. The video stars a gaggle of local drag queens, like Mimi Imfurst, who plays Wade’s oh-so-bored teacher’s assistant, and Luna Lavey, Ann Artist and Maria TopCatt (aka Wade’s real-life boyfriend) playing pupils. G Philly even makes a small cameo! (Look at Imfurst’s table at :12!)
The Headhouse Square Shambles will transform into a huge open-air runway this Tuesday evening, with over 21 boutiques and salons collaborating to showcase local Philly fashion. Fashion Under The Shambles invites the garment-obsessed and shopping-addicted to view an eclectic mix of men and women's fashion, hosted by America’s Next Top Model finalist—and former G Philly cover boy—Cory Wade Hindorff (pictured). Free admission (general standing room only) is available for a limited time, by RSVPing here. VIP tickets are also available for purchase online. For more information, click here. Tuesday, September 23rd, 6 p.m., Headhouse Square Shambles, 200 Pine Street.—Marquesa Rotuski
At long last we get the final episode of Temple's College Emmy-winning gay web series One of the Guys. Show creator Michael Busza emailed today that he will be uploading the final episode, which finds the boys frolicking around Rehoboth Beach, on Tuesday night. The episode actually aired this weekend at Qflix, but if you didn't catch it, tune into the show's website here at 9 p.m.. And before you start mourning the show's demise, Busza hints that he's working on developing a full-length version of the series. Fingers crossed. Tuesday, September 23rd, 9 p.m., free, oneoftheguystv.com.
Josh Schonewolf's second go-round of his competition to find Philly's fiercest burlesque performer is in full swing with a whole new crop of contestants and returning celebrity judges Lascivious Jane and Joey Martini, and Cycle 1 winner Sinnamon (all pictured with Schonewolf above). This week, Schonewolf tells me, is "Genderfuck Week," where the remaining 13 contestants are asked to perform gender-bending acts. He also says the evening will see the return of his drag persona Grace Period, and Mistor Fahrenheit will sit down as guest judge. Tuesday, September 23rd, 9 p.m., $8, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
East Passyunk Avenue hosts its first Queers On the Avenue (QOTA) of fall at Stogie Joe's. The evening promises "cold beer, frosty cocktails and free pizza." Look out for $2 Rolling Rock bottles, $3 Margaritas and $5 for a shot and a beer. Wednesday, September 24th, 6 p.m., free, Stogie Joe's, 1801 East Passyunk Avenue.
I think I might have squealed when I saw that former Chelsea Lately writer and roundtable regular Fortune Feimster is coming to Philadelphia. The uproariously funny, ultra-huggable North Carolina-born comedian will spend three nights at Helium Comedy Club. Stay tuned to G Philly for an interview I did with Feimster, where she talks about everything from working with Upper Darby's Tina Fey to Joan Rivers to being a lesbian in a man's comedy world. Thursday-Saturday, September 25-27, $16-$23, Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street.
NSFW Dance Party creators—and lovahs—Paul Blore and Marquise Lee are going all back-to-school for this month's party. The theme is RUSH, as in that thing you have to do to get into a fraternity. If the flyer is any indication, you probably won't leave without a spanking. Well, at least if you’re lucky. DJs Trprkpr and Sharyn Stone are spinning, and your favorite twink photographer, Alexander John, will be in the house snapping candids. Thursday, September 25th, 10 p.m., free, Medusa Lounge, 27 South 21st Street.
Last year Philly actor/model/singer/G Philly cover boy Cory Wade Hindorff debuted in the first season of America’s Next Top Model to feature male and female models. He didn’t win (though he came in a commendable third place) but apparently he made enough of impression to be asked back.
Producers just announced that he’ll be returning this season—Cycle 21 (!)—as a special guest, serving as a mentor to the new contestants. So get ready for an arsenal of his signature one-liners, and sassy hand gestures galore.
In the video above he chats about what he’s been up to since the last season, and drops some hints about the hot-hot-hot male models that will be competing this season.
The new season of America’s Next Top Model airs tonight, Monday, August 18th, on the CW at 8 p.m.
This is especially disappointing, considering the show broke ground last year when it cast Philly’s own Cory Wade Hindorff as the first openly gay contestant in the show’s history. And plus, hello, Tyra is a gay icon. What is she thinking?! I was curious about how Hindorff felt about the development, so I reached out to him via text. Here’s what he had to say:
In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.
Today, the multi-talented Cory Wade Hindorff. Last summer the 23-year-old actor/singer/model/drag queen gave Philadelphia a whole new reason to tune back in to America’s Next Top Model, appearing on Cycle 20 as the reality show’s first openly gay male finalist. He made a commendable third-place finish, and since then has used the opportunity to draw attention to his singing career. Last month, he released the gorgeous, neo-soul single “I’m Sorry.” Keep your eyes on this guy. You’ll be seeing/hearing more from him.
Rena has done it again with another sexy, super-danceable song that’s full of Gayborhood philebrities.
“Jealous” — her newest collaborative effort with DJ Drootrax — is a fun, sassy club anthem that will hopefully start making the rounds at local dance spots. The video was directed by Harry Paris at Voyeur. It’s a pot de crème of queer freakiness that will wet whatever your wild may be. “My body’s on, and my nails are tight/ This mug is beat and I run the night,” Rena coos as she flaunts her burlesque skills in a diamond brazier and thong.