You may know him from Australia’s Got Talent, The Voice, or America’s Got Talent, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, or you may just know him from The Beresford… the point is, you know him. But how well do you actually know Jack Vidgen?
For those of you who aren’t too familiar with him (which is v hard to believe), Jack Vidgen first made his way into the mainstream way back in 2011 where, at just thirteen years of age, he mustered up the courage to perform on Australia’s Got Talent.
Shortly afterwards, the spotlight began to affect his mental wellbeing, so he dropped off Australia’s radar for a bit of R&R and almost an entire decade later, Jack made an appearance on The Voice, which is when things really started to pick up for him. In the same year, he released I am King I am Queen, and in 2020 he appeared on America’s Got Talent.
However, this year is beginning to look like his best yet. Not only did Jack make his way into the jungle (er… the bush? the hinterland?) on I’m A Celebrity…, he’s back in the music biz and about to release a new song just in time for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras! Talk about a comeback, huh?
Speaking on his time in the jungle, Jack says, “It was incredible. It was f**king hard, but it was really amazing. I think it made it a lot easier having such beautiful people to be surrounded by.” And by beautiful people, he means the likes of Paulini Curuenavuli, Abbie Chatfield and Jess Eva (who were just three of his faves in the jungle).
He was also super happy with his portrayal on the show, adding that: “everything that I wanted to go to air did, so I could not be happier with my experience, like I just couldn’t. It couldn’t have gone better. And I’m almost shocked in a way, because even though all my TV experiences have been really great, I feel like this really did amazing things to me because I got to just be myself and people got to see that and people like that, which was so affirming and so nice.”
Now – post-jungle – he’s releasing a new single just in time for Mardi Gras – a song that he says has been in his back pocket for two whole years, and he’s decided that now is the perfect time for us to hear it.
But what are we in for?
“It’s completely different than anything I’ve ever done. It’s like a bit of a club moment… it’s definitely something that everyone can have a drink and dance to”, Jack says.
“(It has) very deep underlying meanings, but it kind of represents my last kind of, I guess, four years since coming out really – being a bit of a club kid and getting to know what being gay and being gay in Sydney is like, and what that scene is like and discovering yourself – it kind of represents a whole lot of that.”
All in all, we are SO excited that Jack has decided to step back into the limelight once again, and we are even more excited to hear him pump out banger after banger that we can dance to on the d-floor of [insert your favourite queer venue here], and I know you are too.
But now that we’ve given you a (very brief) intro to the icon that is Jack Vidgen, I can practically hear you chanting “tell me more, tell me more” Summer Nights style, and don’t you worry – I gotchu! To finish up, here are some of Jack Vidgen’s fave things:
Q. Go-to coffee order?
A. Decaf Flat White (tbh… the fact that it’s not an iced latte on oat milk is blatantly homophobic, Jack)
Q. Favourite gay club?
A. Poof Doof (obviously)
Q. Favourite (alcoholic) drink?
A. Skinny Margarita (we couldn’t endorse this more if we tried)
Q. Favourite brunch spot?
A. The Boatshed (duh… where else?)
Q. Favourite tv show appearance?
A. I’m A Celebrity… (are we surprised??)
Q. Favourite queer artist?
A. Kim Petras (one word: woo-ah)
Q: Celebrity crush?
A. Troye Sivan (whose isn’t???)