‘SYTYCD’ choreographer Wade Robson says Michael Jackson molested him

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Wade Robson

When Wade Robson was a kid, he was a talented dancer, appearing in several videos with Michael Jackson. He also defended Jacko, saying the pop star never molested him.

Only now he’s saying he lied. Robson, who has been a judge and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance, now says Jackson abused him “for years,” from ages 7 to 14.

In the interview on Today, Robson describes the abuse as sexual in nature. Of course, Jackson’s family and lawyers are shooting down the allegations. But it is interesting that Robson does not say he had “repressed memories,” but that he knew all along he was lying about not being molested, and has never forgotten it.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

The gay interview: Travis Wall

In this week’s Voice, we published a review of the new reality series All the Right Moves, which stars gay former So You Think You Can Dance phenom Travis Wall and premieres tomorrow, July 31, on Oxygen. Travis sat down with our intrepid reporter Chris Azzopardi for a one-on-one interview with the 24-year-old as he tries to launch his own dance company. The eight-episode stint follows Wall and his bendy buddies — Teddy Forance, Kyle Robinson and fellow SYTYCD gayboy (and Season 1 winner) Nick Lazzarini — as they go through business challenges, power struggles and friendship drama. Wall dishes on his roommates, his first big movie and why gay dancers shouldn’t dance gay.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Uh Huh Her’s “Wake to Sleep”

Uh Huh Her dropped a new video for this next single from Nocturnes. There isn’t a lot of fanfare going on with the release of “Wake to Sleep,” but Lezbelib was sharp to point out the guest star in the duo’s video. From the site’s post.

In this video, directed by Justin Coloma, we can see behind Camila Grey and Leisha Hailey, the dancer Sasha Mallory (So You Think You Can Dance) who came out as a lesbian last year.

Good eye, ladies. Mallory has also danced for the likes of Rihanna and Adam Lambert. I can’t say the video is altogether mind blowing, but it’s nice UHH is keeping it in the family. Watch “Wake to Sleep” after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Reality TV roundup: Dallas playas and the gaying of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Two gay North Texans on original summer programming reality shows are continuing to thrive.

Lewisville’s Ben Starr and  Dallas’ Leslie Ezelle have been standouts on their respective series — Starr on Fox’s MasterChef and Ezelle on HGTV’s Design Star.  Starr was a top-three finisher in this week’s episode on Tuesday, while Ezelle made a strong impression Week 1 of Design Star and has never been in the bottom of the pack since. (Another Dallasite, local chef Carrie, has been most known as the object of hatred among her team on Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen.)

The rest of the summer’s reality life will continue to gay it up: Local pastry chef  Lina Biancamano, who works in the kitchen at Stephan Pyles, is a contestant on Top Chef: Just Desserts starting next month, and the series Most Eligible: Dallas debuts in three weeks on Bravo. And tonight on Lifetime, the new season of Project Runway premieres.

But what has really interested me this summer on reality TV has been the rotating guest judges on So You Think You Can Dance. A few seasons back, senior judge and exec producer Nigel Lythgoe took it on the chin for making comments perceived as homophobic — an odd claim, considering that SYTYCD has among the gayest (though least out) cast of contestants on reality TV (as well as many gays behind the scenes.)

Maybe that controversy led to Lythgoe intentionally gaying up the lineup this season. Starting with the mass auditions, guest judges this season have been gay choreographers Adam Shankman and Jason Gilkison. Then during the live elimination weeks, the first round of judges included gay faves Megan Mullally, Kristin Chenoweth and Debbie Reynolds, then in the past three weeks the 1-2-3-4 punch of Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Neil Patrick Harris (pictured), Rob Marshall and Lady Gaga. All have made pretty out-there comments for the family-friendly show. “Do you have a boyfriend?” Ferguson asked one of the female dancers. “So do I,” he said. Harris joked that one girl was so good even he was attracted to her, and last night Gaga joked that she “loves a queen” … and she wasn’t talking about Elizabeth II.  Can’t wait to see who’s up next to judge.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones