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Two reality singing shows — NBC's The Voice and Fox's The X Factor — turned the competition over to America this week, with viewer votes determining which contestants would be safe and which ones would have to sing to stay on the show.

On The X Factor, the singer who eventually got sent home was Jason Brock, an openly gay performer (he never said so explicitly, but made a show of pinching host Mario Lopez's rear end during the first live show and dedicated his final performance to "the gays and Japan") whose repertoire on the show included Jennifer Lopez's "Dance Again" and Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The Voice sent home three contestants, including De'Borah Garner — a lesbian who reveled in her androgyny. (In this case, it was De'Borah's coach, Christina Aguilera, who gave her the ax — but it was the audience vote that put her on the chopping block. »

- Liz Raftery

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