Adore Delano

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Adore Delano
BornDanny Noriega
(1989-09-29) September 29, 1989 (age 24)
Azusa, California
Other namesAngel Baby
OccupationDrag queen, singer, YouTube personality, television personality
Years active2008–present
 
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Adore Delano
BornDanny Noriega
(1989-09-29) September 29, 1989 (age 24)
Azusa, California
Other namesAngel Baby
OccupationDrag queen, singer, YouTube personality, television personality
Years active2008–present

Danny Noriega, better known by his stage name Adore Delano, is an American television personality, singer, and drag queen. He is known for appearing on the seventh season of American Idol and the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Early life[edit]

Noriega was born on September 29, 1989 in Azusa, California. He attended Center Middle School & Sierra High School.[1]

American Idol[edit]

In 2008, Noriega appeared on the seventh season of American Idol, 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.[2]

Performances:
Week #ThemeSong choiceOriginal artistResult
AuditionSinger's Choice"Proud Mary"Creedence Clearwater RevivalAdvanced
HollywoodSinger's Choice"When I Need You"Leo SayerAdvanced
Top 24The 1960s"Jailhouse Rock"Elvis PresleySafe
Top 20The 1970s"Superstar"The CarpentersSafe
Top 16The 1980s"Tainted Love"Soft CellEliminated


Post-Idol[edit]

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.[3]

Drag career and RuPaul's Drag Race[edit]

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.[4] Following the win, Noriega started performing regularly in Southern California as Adore Delano.[5] Along with other RuPaul's Drag Race contestants, Adore walked the Marco Marco runway for Los Angeles Fashion Week in 2013.[6]

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.[7] Adore had previously competed for the Season 5 fan-vote, ultimately losing to Penny Tration.[8]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

SongYearAlbum
"Superstar"2014RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz

Music videos[edit]

SongYearDirector
"24/7"2009Streetlight
"Superstar"2014N/A

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008American IdolHimself (contestant)
2008The Ellen DeGeneres Show[9]Himself1 Episode
2008Entertainment TonightHimself1 Episode
2014RuPaul's Drag RaceHimself (contestant)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Velazquez, Maritza (15 February 2008). "Interview with American Idol’s Danny Noriega". Inside Socal. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Danny Noriega Gets His First Job Offer — From Rosie O’Donnell!". People. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Stranksky, Tanner (10 June 2009). "'American Idol' alum Danny Noriega's new single '24/7': Too much to handle...ish". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Amabile, Michelle (10 December 2013). "'American Idol' Alum Danny Noriega to Compete on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Parker, Lyndsey (9 December 2013). "‘Idol’ Alum Danny Noriega to Compete on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Avery, Dan (18 October 2013). ""Drag Race" Queens Walk L.A. Fashion Week Runway For Marco Marco". New Now Next. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Beard, Lanford (9 December 2013). "'RuPaul's Drag Race': Check out the sickening season 6 supertease and meet the queens -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Virtel, Mouis (29 January 2013). "First Eliminated "Drag Race" Contestant Speaks: "It Felt Like a Setup."". TheBacklot.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Danny Noriega Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 

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