The gay interview: Jordin Sparks

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks’ first feature film — Sparkle co-starring the late gay icon Whitney Houston — opens tomorrow, and earlier this month she spoke frankly with our celeb correspondent Chris Azzopardi about working with Whitney Houston, their affection for their gay fan bases and how her Christian background taught her to love, not hate.

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Whitney Houston’s starring role — the last before her tragic death earlier this year — isn’t the only reason Sparkle has “gay” written all over it: There’s the flamboyant style of the ’60s, an all-girl singing group and, well, the movie’s name.

Seated in a hotel suite outside Detroit, where the film was shot, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks lights up knowing how many of her gay fans will see her on the big screen in her movie debut.

Sparks’ return to Motown in early August was even more appropriate when Aretha Franklin, who sang on the soundtrack for the 1976 original film, showed up to walk the red carpet with the remake’s star. Even though she lost a nail, the 22-year-old said having the Queen of Soul there was “absolutely incredible.”

About the finger fiasco: “I was freaking out because I looked at the picture of Aretha and me and the nail is gone.” That’s not a problem today, however. “I made sure I glued these suckers on like nobody’s business!”

After the jump, ever so bubbly Sparks chats about Whitney’s mutual adoration for the gay community, addressed “mean” rumors of her anti-gay upbringing and recalled her first time at a drag club — in Dallas!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Enter the “Sparkle” singing competition

Whitney Houston’s last film appearance was in the movie Sparkle, which hits theaters next month, but you can have a little part in celebrating the great diva with a song competition. On Saturday at Valley View Mall, amateur singers (ages 13 to 40) can register to sing a 60-second version of “Celebration” or “Something He Can Feel.” The winner locally gets not only $500 in cash and a $25 bebe gift card, but also gets entered in the grand prize: A trip to New York City and an appearance on BET, plus more. Registration is at noon, with the contest promptly beginning at to 1 p.m. You can go here to see clips of the songs you can sing, and pre-register your slot by emailing DallasSingingChallenge@moroch.com. Complete rules are here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

LISTEN: Whitney Houston’s final recording “Celebrate” with Jordin Sparks for upcoming film


The late Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks teamed up for the upcoming film Sparkle which also marked Houston’s last on-screen appearance and recorded songs. “Celebrate,” a duet between the two, was posted on YouTube today. Listen to Houston’s last known recording after the jump and and the trailer for the film set to be released this August.

—  Rich Lopez