Home' LOTL : November Issue Contents Being part of a live television studio audience is always
exciting - the warm up guy builds the room into a frenzy
of cheering and clapping until you're bursting for the show
to start. I was lucky enough to visit the set of Australian Idol on
'Pink Night' recently, with my wife by side, and we were ready
to cheer our lungs out for lesbian contestant Kate Cook.
With only minutes until the show went live across Aus-
tralia, the production team asked each audience member
to hold up their sign of support for the contestants. As the
crew checked all the 40 or more signs in the audience and
gave them the thumbs up, they conﬁscated only one from
a woman near the front; it said 'Kate I'd turn gay for you'.
Rather than get upset, I did what any good lady loving
lesbian would do, I put ﬁngers to lips, ready to give Kate
the biggest wolf whistle I could muster up when she
took the stage.
Four contestants in, Queensland country girl Kate
sang 'Trouble' adding a twist of banjo to the arrange-
ment to make it her own. When it came to feedback
time, judge Dicko spent less time talking about her
voice and performance, and more time commenting
on her image saying, "I'm not a fan of the look to-
night I gotta say I think when you wear the hat and the
cowgirl look it softens you up, tonight's too butch."
Kate was wearing jeans, a country style checked shirt
and a leather jacket, she also had her styled like Pink's
around the release of her 'Try This' album which the
track was from, and she looked hot to me! He laid the
boot in further by saying, "When you wear the coun-
try stuff you look like a quirky character in McLeod's
Daughters, tonight you look like you've come to tarmac
the front drive, it's not a good look."
When I caught up with Kate I asked what was going on
with Dicko and his harsh criticisms of her image: "I don't
know, I think there's something wrong with him, not me."
She explained that she's not going to ever throw a tantrum
about it, and is trying to just let it go straight over her head
and give a bit of cheek back. "It's a TV show, you've got to
expect good and bad stuff. No, but it is a bit rude I reckon,
and I told him that last night," she adds.
Instead of moving on with the show, Kate was then asked
if she would wear a dress for them, and when she responded
Kate Cook dishes the dirt on playing the fame game.
By Nic McClure.
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