'American Idol' Alum Danny Noriega To Compete On 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

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From one reality TV show to another! Danny Noriega is set to compete on the upcoming season of RuPaul's Drag Race

The American Idol alum traded in his trademark emo hair and skinny ties for a chance to become America's next drag superstar, Yahoo! confirms.

“In high school, I dabbled in drag. I used to compete in singing competitions, like at the Christian college by my house,” he told Yahoo, “And I like, lived basically my life as a girl from 14 to 16. Right before I auditioned for American Idol my mom kinda cut my hair off, but yeah, I was wearing makeup from, like 13 to 16, and I was like completely a girl from 14 to 16.” 

Since being eliminated from season 7 of American Idol in 2008, Noriega has reinvented himself into the drag queen Adore Delano. Delano performs in drag shows across Southern California. He previously auditioned for season 5 of Drag Race, but failed to make the cut.

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