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MTV Video Music Awards: Meeting Mario Vasquez


When Mario Vasquez dropped out of American Idol in 2005, the media speculated wildly about why a young and unknown talent would refuse to compete in the show. One of the rumours that circulated  on the net pointed to the singer's alleged homosexuality and that he left the show to avoid the intense scrutiny that comes with the American Idol territory.

Vasquez remains coy about his sexuality and refuses to comment about personal matters "Do you know how many artists are gay in the music industry? That shouldn't even matter," he told me backstage at the VMAs last week. "Music is the most thing on my mind and that's all that I focus on right now."

The Bronx, NY singer just released "Gallery," the first single from his forthcoming debut album that was penned for him by Las Vegas crooner Ne Yo. The album hits stores on Arista Records on September 26 and was executive produced by Clive Davis. The record is "a collage of music" that includes a bunch of different genres that Vasquez loves, from ballads to R&B and from Latino pop to reggaeton. A safe bet for a debut album that appears to have some crossover appeal that once worked for Ricky Martin.

Watch Mario Vasquez "Gallery"

September 5, 2006 in American Idol, Video Streams, VMA 2006 | Permalink


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To each his own, but he is setting himself up for a problem if the CD takes off and he continues to do videos that present something different than who is (or is not). This issue will dog him.

I also think it DOES matter that successful people do come out at their moment of powerfame, not downfall.

Posted by: xolondon at Sep 5, 2006 12:25:01 PM

Does he really need to come out? It's sorta obvious. I'm just saying. This homo will buy his CD still even if he sings about being in love with chicks.

Posted by: Ed at Sep 9, 2006 11:09:28 PM

you can even get his backing tracks from ameritz

Posted by: stephen at Sep 10, 2006 4:36:15 AM

The boy still has a nice sizzle to him. I agree with xolondon unfortunately at this state it is important to state his sexually. I’m sure he could get away with bisexual, and he could hold the media wolves away for a certain length of time. In any case lets wish him good luck.

San Jose

Posted by: DonPato at Sep 13, 2006 11:34:44 PM

He's Amazing :D

Posted by: Damy at Sep 29, 2006 6:28:56 PM

I really like him and I would like him to do more!!!!!!!
I think that he is a great singer and
he should sing a whole lot more!!

Posted by: Katie at Nov 18, 2006 4:44:47 PM

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