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ADORE DELANO – 7pm
Adore Delano is an American drag performer, singer, and YouTube personality. Adore is best known for being a contestant on American Idol, as well as a finalist on Season 6 and a contestant on All-Stars season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, in which she became the first queen to leave the competition voluntarily.
In 2008, Adore appeared on the seventh season of American Idol as Danny Noriega, making it to the semi-finals. His comment towards judge Simon Cowell, “some people weren’t liking it” later went viral and was frequently featured on The Soup. After watching him on Idol, Rosie O’Donnell invited Noriega to perform on her R Family Vacations cruise. He also was interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres and performed on Ellen. Noriega had said that his mother told him to “butch it up” for the competition.
Following Idol, Noriega became a YouTube personality, performing skits as himself, in drag as Adore Delano, or as his other character, Angel Baby. In June 2009, Noriega released the music video for “24/7,” featuring Diamonique.
She started off as Violet Valentine. Adore was her brother’s chola friend’s name, where she would go around tagging the name on the walls around the city with spray paint. She really loved that name and used it for her first drag competition. She later added Delano and got it from looking up demonic child names and it was the one that stood out and seem to fit. Delano means “of the night” in Old French (de la nuit), but in other origins it means swamp or anus.
After seeing RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Raven perform at the nightclub Micky’s in West Hollywood, Noriega was inspired to enter a drag competition at the club, later winning it on October 3, 2011. Following the win, Noriega started performing regularly in Southern California as Adore Delano. Along with other RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants, Adore walked the Marco Marco runway for Los Angeles Fashion Week in 2013.
In December 2013, Logo announced that Adore Delano was among 14 drag queens who would be competing on the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Adore had previously competed for the Season 5 fan-vote, ultimately losing to Penny Tration.
During Season 6, Adore was criticized by the panel judges for being a sloppy queen, not cinching her waist, and getting by on her personality and charm. Although she had a rough start, she has shown much improvement as the episodes progress.
Adore came into the competition on Episode 1 as part of the first group of contestants, where contestants had to make a dress based on a popular telesivion show from contents in a box. Fellow contestant and friend Laganja Estranja chose the box based on the TV show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo for Adore, a choice she was not thrilled with for she would have preferred the Golden Girls box. Adore (lacking sewing skills) had a difficult time with the challenge, and accidentally hot glued her dress to her mannequin. On the runway, judge Michelle Visage considered her dress to be, “[j]ust fabric wrapped around her body,” and the look received mainly negative reviews, though she avoided placing in the bottom two.
During the show, Adore criticized fellow contestant and friend Laganja Estranga for not acting like herself. Although the two were friends, they seemed to have a slight rivalry during the competition
On Episode 6 “Oh No She Betta Don’t!“, Adore won her first challenge, rapping in a music video. She consecutively won her second challenge the next week, Episode 7, “Glamazon by Colorevolution” along with teammate Laganja Estranga. Adore became the second contestant of Season 6 to win two challenges, after BenDeLaCreme. She eventually placed as the first runner-up of Season 6, behind her eventual friend throughout the season, Bianca Del Rio.
Adore released her lead single “DTF” via Youtube on May 19, 2014. On June 3, 2014, Adore released her debut album entitled “Till Death Do Us Party”. It debuted at #3 on the Dance/Electronic Albums Billboard charts, and reached #59 on the Billboard 200. Adore is the highest charting artist of any Drag Race contestant, including RuPaul, thus far. Adore came back in August 2016 for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 2, but decided to leave the competition in Episode 2 “All Stars Snatch Game”, following some though criticism by judge Michelle Visage in the first episode. Adore Delano is the first contestant in both series to quit the competition.
KATYA – 7:30pm
Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova, or Katya Zamolodchikova (Екатерина Петровна Замолодчикова), or simply Katya, was a contestant on the seventh season and All Stars 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where she was simply known as “Katya”. She finished fifth in her initial run, eliminated on the episode: Episode 11, “Hello, Kitty Girls!”, but was later voted “Miss Congeniality” by fans in the reunited special. She returned for All Stars 2, where she and Detox ended up as runner-ups to winner Alaska.
She is best remembered for her humor and personality. Since the filming of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 7, Katya has been very open about her relationship with fellow contestant Trixie Mattel (otherwise known as Brian Firkus). Alongside Trixie Mattel, she hosts the YouTube show “UNHhhh” on WOWPresents.
Katya’s “full name” is Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova. Katya has confirmed that “Zamolodchikova” comes from Russian gymnast Elena Zamolodchikova’s last name, however, “Yekaterina” is just “Catherine” in Russian, and “Petrovna” is a middle name you would be given if your father’s name is Peter.
Her last name “Zamolodchikova” was dropped from the show, and she was mononymously referred to as “Katya”. This follows a succession of past contestants such as Detox Icunt, Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, and Willam Belli.
In Episode 10 of Rupaul’s Drag Race “Prancing Queens”, the queens had to pair-up and perform in a Dancing with Stars style live drag spectacular. Katya’s dancing partner was Violet Chachki, and together they danced a mash-up of Tango and Vogue. Their performance was praised for being in sync, stylish and glamorous. For the runway, the queens had to give a dance half and half look based on their dance types, one side male and the other female. Katya and Violet both won this week’s challenge, giving Katya her second win in the competition.
DEV – 8pm
Devin Star Tailes, better known as Dev (sometimes stylized as DEV or dEV), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, model and radio host. She was discovered by the record label, Indie-Pop, and The Cataracs via Myspace after her friend Shane Crislip, posted her singing to some beats. Dev’s song “Booty Bounce” was sampled in Far East Movement‘s hit single “Like a G6” which reached number 1 in the US, and sold over four million downloads in the country.
Her debut album The Night the Sun Came Up was released on March 27, 2012. The second single, “In the Dark“, peaked at number 11 in the US chart, making it her most successful solo single to date. Dev in 2014 released two EPs, Bittersweet July and the second part as a follow up to part one. She’s a radio host of the popular radio Beats 1 by Apple, founded in 2015.
Dev also released two more promotional singles through Twitter, “Poison” and “Call Me” both covers of Bell Biv Devoe and Blondie respectively. She also featured in EDM artist David Guetta‘s album, Nothing But the Beat on a song called “I Just Wanna F” with Timbaland and Afrojack. Dev has also featured on a single by Swedish singer Eric Saade, “Hotter Than Fire” which was released on November 2, 2011 in Sweden. Dev is featured on a remix of Girls’ Generation‘s song “Bad Girl” by The Cataracs, featured on their Japanese remix album and Dev was also featured in Timbaland’s promotional single “Break Ya Back”. The American version of The Night the Sun Came Up was released on March 26, 2012 in the United States, which include new tracks compared to previous releases of the album. Dev has teamed up with singer Enrique Iglesias on a track called “Naked” which is produced by The Cataracs and was released as the third single of the repackaged album. It reached the first position in Mexico and the second position in the US dance chart.
At the 2012 Lollapalooza, Dev revealed that she was currently working on her second album; “I’m using a lot more live instrumentation for this album”, stating “I had such a great time making a very electronic-based album for the first one, but you know, I’m just moving to different things, different sounds, so we’ll see.” Her track “Bass Down Low” was featured during match intervals of Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Basketball among others during the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2013 Universal Republic Records announced that they were going defunct, all artists from the label moved to Republic Records. In November 1, she has posted on her official YouTube a new song, “Kiss It” featuring Sage the Gemini produced by Hit-Boy. While “Kiss It” will release on December 17, 2013. A remix version was released featured Casey Veggies in place of Sage The Gemini.
In November 2013, Dev also collaborated with singer Mia Martina for her single Danse which gained popularity in Latin and dance charts throughout spring 2014.
In 2015 Dev collaborated with female electro duo NERVO for their single “Hey Ricky” which was scheduled to be released with an attached video in April 2015. The single will feature also Kreayshawn who directed the video too. A snippet of the video leaked on March 23, 2015. The video, released on VEVO on June 2, 2015 went viral in a few days making the song topping the real-time US chart. In December 2015 Dev was also featured as the main vocalist on the club hit “Electric Walk” by electro-house producer Nytrix. The song peaked at eight on the Billboard Dance Chart.
On January 25, 2016, Idolator posted a snippet of a song called “Lowkey” and wrote that on January 27, Ebro Darden will premiere Dev’s first single on Beats1 from her upcoming second album set to be released the same year. Dev worked mainly with her friend-producer NanosauR, Dave Tozer and Rey Reel. “Lowkey” was released on March 8, 2016. The song was prasied by the critic and compared to Selena Gomez‘s Good For You.
In February 2016 Dev was featured as the main vocalist on “We Rock It” by Sander Kleinenberg. The song reached the first position on the Beatport House chart. In August 2016 Dev signed with Barry Weiss record label called RECORDS and started promoting her album with an opening single called #1 featuring Nef The Pharaoh which reached the top 15 on the Billboard Rhythmic songs chart.
‘As One’ Main Stage Celebrity Emcee
ADAM BARTA – 630pm
The “viral duet king” Adam (Bronx, New York) is more than just another pop voice on the scene, and his accomplishments – from having the “Ultimate Sexiest Video” on Logo, to scoring a Top 20 Billboard club hit with Kathy Sledge (of Sister Sledge), to his iTunes Top 100 duets with Margaret Cho and Pandora Boxx – reflect that in spades. He is about to bring fun to pop music, and a style never before seen blending comedy with dance and outrageouness. He’s performed on The Howard Stern Show, featured on TMZ, E!, Radar, Out.com, US Magazine, OK Magazine, the NY Post, The Advocate, & many, many more!
In Spring 2006 his dance single, I Wanna Hold You, was heard in Abercrombie & Fitch stores throughout the country. The debut music video then hit the #1 spot on MTV Logo network’s “Click List Countdown” that August, and was one of the Top 10 videos of 2007 on the network.
Adam was one of the original stars on the network, and voted favorite Click List artist of 2007, and landed on afterElton.com’s Hot 100 [celebrity list] for 2008. Adam’s next single, Standing in the Rain, with DJ Russ Harris, was the named the #1 “Ultimate Sexiest Video” on Logo. DJ Times Magazine called him “one of the strongest male vocalists in 2007”. The music video for Standing in the Rain premiered in October on Logo’s new mainstream dance/pop show Pop Lab, hosted by Solange and Lady Gaga on Logo. He then went on to host the March 11th (2009) episode of Pop Lab’s Spring Break Edition, following past week’s host, Beyonce.
Needing a steady follow up, his song VIP premiered on HBO in June of 2010 on the music show “Feedback”, and Adam became a staple on HBO for the next two years, his music videos being shown in between movies. VIP was also the #2 music video on Logo’s Click List Countdown Top 10 Videos of 2010, while Standing in the Rain was picked as an official “fist pumping beat” by NY’s #1 hit music station, Z100.
VIP (and another single, Q&A) made its way onto TV, and was featured heavily on two seasons of Oxygen’s hit reality show “Bad Girls Club”, MTV’s “The Real World”, & Showtime’s “Real L Word”. Adam then worked with Kathy Sledge (lead singer of Sister Sledge) on a song called Give Yourself Up, which hit Top 20 on the Billboard club chart in October 2011. The song was featured in the 2014 movie “Don Jon”. The music video was featured on TMZ when Adam was seen with a bevvy of reality stars. Following in that vein, he released a music video for Q&A, featuring Lisa Lampanelli. He then, in 2012, signed with GR Media firm and recorded a new single with Nadya Suleman, aka, Octomom, called Sexy Party. The CD cover stirred up controversy when Adam was seen holding Octomom’s breasts and made international headlines. In the Fall he was involved in a controversial debate with Angelina Pivarnick from The Jersey Shore on deeyoon.com where he defended gay marriage. They released a song called “Serendipity” and filmed a controversial music video where Angelina marries TLC’s “Starter Wives” star Cheryl Caruso.
In 2013, he released two viral music videos: It’s Tan Mom! and It’s Too Big (w/ Jonah Falcon). He appeared on the Howard Stern Show twice and performed, with Howard saying he made a “niche” for himself. That year, a career highlight for him, he performed “We Are Family” w/Kathy Sledge in Asbury Park. He was featured on VH1’s Best Week Ever and even Jenny McCarthy weighed in. In July he released a parody song and video w/RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Star, Pandora Boxx, called “You Seemed Shady to Me” which hit #46 on the iTunes Comedy singles chart. In August, he released a song with Tan Mom called “Life of the Party” and had yet another memorable appearance on Stern. 2014 started out with a bang as Adam released a new single with MARGARET CHO. “See U Next Tuesday” hit the Top 100 on iTunes. In summer 2014, he released the viral sensation “KITTY ANTHEM”. He also signed with the World of Wonder Network, (WoW! Presents), and began interviews with stars such as Miss Universe, Bianca Del Rio, Alyssa Edwards and Alaska. In 2015 he invented the viral sensation, the “Honey Boo Boo bop” with none other than Honey Boo Boo herself! 2016 saw him land his second top 17 Billboard club dance song “Heartbreak Hotline”
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