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Adore Delano
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Adore Delano performing in 2014
Born (1989-09-29) September 29, 1989 (age 34)
Other names Dani Noriega
Occupation
Years active 2008–present
YouTube information
Nationality American
Occupation Drag queen, singer-songwriter, television personality
Years active 2007–present
Subscribers 527 thousand
Total views 83.37 million
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 27 July 2023.

Dani Noriega (born September 29, 1989), better known under the stage name Adore Delano, is an American drag queen, singer-songwriter, and television personality. She appeared as a contestant on the sixth and seventh season of American Idol in 2008 and later competed as Adore Delano on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, placing in the final three. She then went on to compete on the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, placing ninth after voluntarily leaving the competition. She has recorded and released three studio albums: Till Death Do Us Party (2014), After Party (2016), Whatever (2017), and one EP Dirty Laundry (2021).

Early life

Noriega was born to Bonnie Pimentel Noriega in Glendora, California, raised in Azusa, California, and attended Sierra High School, a continuation school for at-risk teenagers.

Career

2008–2009: American Idol and early work

In 2008, Noriega appeared on the seventh season of American Idol, making it to the semi-finals. She became known for her flamboyant personality and sassy rapport with the judges, notably a comment toward judge Simon Cowell, which later went viral. After watching Noriega on Idol, Rosie O'Donnell invited her to perform on her R Family Vacations cruise. Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres also invited Noriega to be a guest on her show. Before her appearance on American Idol and through high school, she lived as a transgender woman, but suppressed her gender identity in order to appear on the show.

Performances:
Stage Theme Song choice Original artist Result
Audition Singer's Choice "Proud Mary" Creedence Clearwater Revival Advanced
Hollywood Singer's Choice "When I Need You" Albert Hammond Advanced
Top 24 The 1960s "Jailhouse Rock" Elvis Presley Safe
Top 20 The 1970s "Superstar" Delaney & Bonnie Safe
Top 16 The 1980s "Tainted Love" Gloria Jones Eliminated

Following American Idol, Noriega became a YouTube personality, performing skits in drag as Adore Delano, or Angel Baby, another drag character. In June 2009, she released the music video for the song "24/7," featuring sister Diamonique.

2010–present: RuPaul's Drag Race and albums

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Adore Delano in 2014

After seeing RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Raven perform at the nightclub Micky's in West Hollywood, Noriega was inspired to enter a drag competition at the club, which she won. Noriega began performing as Adore Delano in Southern California. Along with other RuPaul's Drag Race contestants, she walked the Marco Marco runway for Los Angeles Fashion Week in 2013. In December 2013, Logo TV announced her as one of 14 drag queens who would be competing on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. She had previously competed for the season 5 fan-vote, ultimately losing to Penny Tration. Adore Delano eventually went on to win three challenges and made it to the final three. With Courtney Act, she finished as runner-up to season winner Bianca Del Rio.

Following the finale of Drag Race, Adore Delano released the single "DTF" on May 20, 2014, as the lead single from her debut album Till Death Do Us Party. The album was released on June 3, 2014, charting at number three on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart, 11 on the US Independent Albums chart, and number fifty-nine on the Billboard 200. She released music videos for the majority of its tracks, including "I Adore U", which peaked at 49 on the US Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs. In November 2014, Adore Delano announced that a second album was in the works with an anticipated 2015 release date.

Adore Delano's album After Party was set for release March 11, 2016. "Dynamite", the first single, was released on February 26, 2016; "Take Me There", the second single, was released on March 10, 2016; and the "I.C.U.", was released on September 1, 2016. Adore was one of 10 contestants on the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. She chose to leave the show in the second episode for personal reasons. Whatever, her third studio album, was released on August 18, 2017.

On April 4, 2017, Noriega filed a lawsuit against Producer Entertainment Group, her former management company, alleging that Noriega had earned $2.5 million over the past three years, but only about $300,000 was actually paid. P.E.G. counter-sued in January 2018, alleging Noriega owed the company $180,000 in management fees. The suit was dismissed by a judge who awarded no money to either party.

In 2019, Adore Delano appeared as a guest for the first challenge in the premiere of season 11 of Drag Race. In June 2019, a panel of judges from New York magazine placed her sixth on its list of "the most powerful drag queens in America", a ranking of 100 former Drag Race contestants. In August, she was featured on the cover of Gay Times. In December 2019, she joined the cast of the fourth season of Ex on the Beach.

After her de-transition in order to appear on American Idol, she has said that she attempted to appease her feelings about her gender identity by living as a woman through Adore, but in her transgender "coming out" video, she stated that she "could not do it anymore."

Personal life

Noriega came out as bisexual at age 12, then gay. In a 2012 interview, she said she is not opposed to dating women. From 2017 to 2023, Noriega identified as non-binary and used any pronouns. Noriega said that "gender isn't a real thing... it's just something they came up with to categorize and control people".

She has been sober since 2021. In a video posted to Instagram on July 26, 2023, Noriega revealed that she had been taking estrogen for about three months and identified as transgender, using the pronouns she/her. She additionally announced that she has a gender-affirming surgical operation scheduled for November of the same year.

Discography

  • Till Death Do Us Party (2014)
  • After Party (2016)
  • Whatever (2017)
  • Dirty Laundry (2021)

Tours

Headlining

  • Till Death Do Us Party Tour (2014–2015)
  • After Party Tour (2016–2017)
  • Birthday Tour (2017)
  • Whatever Tour (2018)
  • Time Hop Party Tour (2018)
  • A Pizza Me Tour (2019)
  • The Beautiful Idiots Tour (2020)
  • Dirty Laundry Tour (2021)
  • Party Your World Tour (2022-2023)

Co-headlining act

  • Battle of the Seasons 2015 Condragulations Tour (2015) (with RuPaul's Drag Race Cast)
  • Battle of the Seasons 2016 Extravaganza Tour (2016) (with RuPaul's Drag Race Cast)
  • ABCD Tour (2018) (with Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Act, and Darienne Lake)
  • Heels of Hell Tour (2019)
  • The Annual Halloween Sickening Ball Australia (2020)

Promotional

  • After Party UK Promo Tour (2016)
  • The Ghost of Ohio United Kingdom Tour – opening for Andy Black (2019)

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2014 Adore Delano Drag Queen of the Year Won

Filmography

Film

Title Year Director Role Notes Ref.
Dragged 2015 Christopher Birk self
TupiniQueens 2015 João Monteiro documentary about the drag queen scene in Brazil

Television

Title Year Notes Ref.
American Idol 2008
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
RuPaul's Drag Race 2014 Season 6 – finalist
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked companion show to RuPaul's Drag Race
Chasing Life 2015
RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars 2016 Season 2 – 9th place
Courtney Act's Christmas Extravaganza 2018 Channel 4 Christmas Special
The View 2019 Interviewed with Nina West and Monét X Change
Ex on the Beach 2019 Season 4: Peak of Love – contestant
KTLA 5 News 2020 Interviewed with LaDemi

Web series

Title Year Notes Ref.
Let the Music Play 2014
Hey Qween 2015 Episode: "Adore Delano"
Portrait of a Queen 2018 Episode: "Love & Adore"
Bestie$ for Ca$h 2018 Episode: "Adore Delano and Chris Crocker"
The Pit Stop 2018-23 Guest; 4 episodes
The View: Facebook Live 2019 Episode: "Pride Month 2019"
Love for the Arts 2020 Guest judge
Sissy That Talk Show with Joseph Shepherd 2023 Podcast; Guest

Music videos

Title Year Artist Director Ref.
"Oh No She Better Don't" 2014 RuPaul Steven Corfe
"Sissy That Walk" Steven Corfe
"Mean Gays" Courtney Act Kain O'Keeffe
"Hieeee" 2015 Alaska Ben Simkins
"The T" 2016
"You Need to Calm Down" 2019 Taylor Swift Drew Kirsch

See also

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