This 'X Factor' Contestant is a Brock Star
Jason Brock may have grabbed our attention with his unforgettable X Factor audition (a flawlessly executed performance of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind”), but it was his bright, bubbly personality that won our hearts.
Casually coming out to the audience within moments of taking the stage, he combines confidence, class, and just the right amount of sass (a breath of fresh air in reality music shows). That first performance has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube.
Having made the final cut, and as he prepares for the competition’s live performances, the Brockstar takes a moment to chat about his revealing audition, being himself, and why he thinks the world is ready to crown a gay X Factor champion.
What drew you to audition for the X Factor?
I was ready to leave my job, first of all. I was being moved to another department, and I didn't want to go. I had been singing and performing for a long time already, and I thought that auditioning for the show would be the perfect way for me to get into full-time entertainment and leave the tech support world forever.
Some performers initially choose to hide their sexuality on shows like this, but you’ve been open since day one. Do you ever worry that being honest about who you are may cause difficulties for you later in the competition?
The thought crosses my mind that difficulties could arise, but most people seem to accept my sexuality and see beyond just that part of me. I feel like my being gay should be cool with everyone anyway. The judges really seem more concerned about my performance and don't seem worried about me being gay or not. I hope American voters feel the same if I get that far. I want them to vote for me regardless of my sexual orientation, and I think most of them will.
When you came out to the audience in your audition, you were very casual about it. Rather than have a big dramatic “I’m Gay” reveal, you simply mentioned your boyfriend in passing. Was that a conscious decision or did it just come out in the moment?
I have been open about it all along because I wanted to be sure that when I got in the show it would be for all of me, not me minus the gay part, although that would have been hard to miss. Also, I want to make a difference in the lives of LGBT people. One day I want to help make marriage equality a reality on a federal level. My boyfriend is a Japanese citizen. He lives there, so we can't be together easily without gay marriage being legalized by the U.S.