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IS IT POSSIBLE FOR AN AMERICAN IDOL to be gay? When it comes to Fox's red-hot talent search series American Idol, it seems that issue is open to debate. One day after The Buzz became aware that 19-year-old contestant Jim Verraros was keeping an accessible Internet journal that included open discussion of his homosexuality--prompting us to ask Fox for an interview with Verraros--the Web diary was quickly deleted.

Portions of the journal leading up to his debut on American Idol reveal a good-natured young man with an affinity for teen-popsters like 'N Sync and O-Town, "good gay flicks" like The Broken Hearts Club, and writing songs for his close friends. In one particularly charming entry, he declares, "I found out that a guy likes me!!! Ummn, totally random and I never even saw it coming, but hey, it's cool. He's adorable in, like, every way."

The Chicago-based singer was cut from the viewer-polled program on July 17, and repeated calls to Fox were not returned. Ironically, the winner of Pop Idol, the smash British program that spawned American Idol was Will Young, who came out shortly after his first single topped the U.K. charts.
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Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Date:Sep 3, 2002
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