Why “American Idol” Cut A Drag Queen

buzzfeed.com – Adam B. Vary – BuzzFeed Staff

When American Idol contestant JDA first took to the stage during the Wednesday night taping of tonight’s Las Vegas “Sudden Death” round along with the other nine male contestants – BuzzFeed had a ticket to the show – there was a clear murmur running through the audience. The 27-year-old is so bracingly new to the Idol experience, even the show’s most open-minded fans were left to wonder (and worry) how the 1,500 people packed into the theater that normally houses Cirque du Soleil’s show Beatles LOVE would react.