Queer vocalist on bad dates, Spandex and music to listen to while drunk
Tackling Italian opera with the same joi de vivre as belting out Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Australia’s Ten Tenors promise all the sophistication of a night at the opera with the breezy ease of a stroll in the park. Already platinum-selling stars in their homeland, the Tenors recently begun perking up ears in the U.S. And while they’ve won over their share of queer fans, the Tenors have just one gay member: the charming and disarming Dion Molinas.
As the group makes it’s way to Dallas for a six-day run, Molinas zipped off a few revealing answers to an e-mailed query about dating, music, politics and life on the road with nine straight dudes.
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Dallas Voice: Let’s say you’re on a first date. He insists on karaoke. What songs might you sing? Also, what songs should never be attempted?
Dion Molinas: Are you kidding? Karaoke on a first date? It would be doomed from the start. As for songs you should never do, I would say “My Heart Will Go On,” “I Will Always Love You” and “I Honestly Love You.”
If you were going to undergo sexual reassignment, which Dion would you model your transformation after: Warwick or Celine?
Both women are beautiful, but I’m pretty much in love with my male appendage, so I might just skip over the whole sex-change thing.
You’re the only gay tenor of the 10 . Have you seen the other nine naked?
I have seen some of the boys naked, but I can assure you it wasn’t by choice.
You guys all wear those nifty black suits. How might you spice up the outfits for a gay audience, say at Sydney pride?
I think something that involved Spandex, chaps and, of course, the colors of the gay rainbow. Bizarre combination, I know.
As you might know, the government in Texas is rather conservative. Some even label Texas as anti-gay. If you had the opportunity to sing for the former Texas governor and our current president, George W. Bush, what would you perform?
We have a similar situation with our prime minister. Honestly, I’m not sure I would waste my breath.
When did it dawn on you that you were no longer just an aspiring singer but a big-time performing artist?
It really hit home when we started meeting the “real” famous people and doing high-profile gigs. People like John Travolta, Sean Astin and Martina Hingis. Last year we had the privilege of walking the red carpet at the Emmys, then performing for Hollywood royalty. That was pretty amazing.
Is singing a God-given talent? Or can anyone do it with enough practice?
I think that good singing comes from within. I’ve seen many people with brilliant voices, but the sound comes only from their mouths, not their heart. There’s a big difference.
Name some mindlessly cheesy or just plain bad music that you nonetheless enjoy.
S Club 7. They’re an English singing group, normally best to listen to when you’re exceptionally drunk.
Do you have a boyfriend? Are you available?
I don’t have a boyfriend, and I am available. But as I get older, it’s becoming more difficult for me to find that certain special someone. I think you get fussier as you age.
We know you can sing and dance. Any other areas of expertise you’ve cultivated?
I think I would make a great shrink I’m constantly dealing with all my friends’ drama.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, February 24, 2006.
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