WATCH: 'X-Factor' Breakout Jason Brock 'Did It for the Gays and Japan'

By: Brandon Voss
11.12.2012

If you didn't already know that The X-Factor's Jason Brock was gay, you probably figured it out after the flamboyant contestant manhandled co-host Mario Lopez on the singing competition's first live episode.

Unfortunately, although we had high hopes for the self-described "Mr. Entertainment," the Fox show couldn't contain such fabulousness; Brock was eliminated Thursday in the first home-audience vote — but not before proclaiming, "I want to say, I did it for the gays and Japan."

Brock explained his parting words in an exit interview following the elimination. "I just wanted to make a statement, and make sure that gay people got attention, and me being gay got attention," he said. "I thought that was kind of important. I want people to know me as a gay person. I just have a connection to that community that I felt was important. And the Japanese part, my boyfriend lives in Japan — he’s Japanese."

‚Ä®Brock also addressed whether or not his in-your-face sexuality ultimately cost him the competition: "It makes you wonder, doesn’t it? I think that being gay is a wild card in itself. Like, when you’re gay, some people still aren’t okay with being gay. So there are actually people in the country — maybe a fair percentage, I don’t know how many — who think it’s actually wrong. So I wouldn’t doubt it if it does hurt [to be out on this show], in a way."

Watch Brock's memorable final message below, as well as his last two live performances, R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" and Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart."

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