Simone Battle – He Likes Boys

Simone Battle didn’t have the momentary magic to win the US version of X Factor, but her debut single in October 2011 had real polish.  On her Facebook page, she says “if a Cheerleader, a Hipster, and a Drag Queen had a Threesome, I would be their love child”.

The title is exactly what the song is about. “It’s happened to me before. I thought about ‘Clueless’ where she likes the guy but he’s gay. In L.A. its a question you have to ask yourself but we ended up being great friends.” One of the guys in the video is who the song is about, one of the other gents is a friend she met while competing on X-Factor. Citizens Of Culture

Marcus Collins – Seven Nation Army

Marcus Collins is openly gay and was one of the finalists in the 2011 run of the UK version of The X Factor. He’s been lucky enough to have the support of Take That’s Gary Barlow both as a writer and as a mentor as he builds his post-show career. His first single is a cover of a 2003 release by The White Stripes.