|Born||Daniel Anthony Noriega 
September 29, 1989
Azusa, California U.S.
|Residence||Azusa, California U.S.|
|Other names||Danny Noriega|
|Occupation||Drag queen, singer, YouTube personality, television personality|
Danny Noriega, better known by his stage name Adore Delano, is an American television personality, singer, drag queen, & YouTuber. He is known for appearing on the seventh season of American Idol and the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. His first studio album released as Adore, Till Death Do Us Party, was released on June 3, 2014.
- 1 Early life
- 2 American Idol
- 3 Post-Idol
- 4 2011-Present: Drag career, RuPaul's Drag Race, and further music
- 5 Discography
- 6 Filmography
- 7 References
- 8 External links
In 2008, Noriega appeared on the seventh season of American Idol, making it to the semi-finals. He became known for his flamboyant personality and sassy rapport with the judges, notably a comment towards judge Simon Cowell, "Some people weren't liking it", after his first live performance, which later went viral and was frequently featured on The Soup. After watching him on Idol, Rosie O'Donnell invited Noriega to perform on her R Family Vacations cruise.
|Week #||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Result|
|Audition||Singer's Choice||"Proud Mary"||Creedence Clearwater Revival||Advanced|
|Hollywood||Singer's Choice||"When I Need You"||Albert Hammond||Advanced|
|Top 24||The 1960s||"Jailhouse Rock"||Elvis Presley||Safe|
|Top 20||The 1970s||"Superstar"||Delaney & Bonnie||Safe|
|Top 16||The 1980s||"Tainted Love"||Gloria Jones||Eliminated|
Following Idol, Noriega became a YouTube personality, performing skits as himself, in drag as Adore Delano, or as her other character, Angel Baby. In June 2009, Noriega released the music video for "24/7," featuring Diamonique.
2011-Present: Drag career, RuPaul's Drag Race, and further music
After seeing RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Raven perform at the nightclub Micky's in West Hollywood, Noriega was inspired to enter a drag competition at the club, later winning it on October 3, 2011. Following the win, Noriega started performing regularly in Southern California as Adore Delano. Along with other RuPaul's Drag Race contestants, Adore walked the Marco Marco runway for Los Angeles Fashion Week in 2013.
In December 2013, Logo announced that Adore Delano was among 14 drag queens who would be competing on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Adore had previously competed for the Season 5 fan-vote, ultimately losing to Penny Tration. Despite a slow start to the competition, Delano eventually went on to win three challenges, the joint most of the season. He became a member of the final three and in the season finale, was ultimately named co-runner up along with Courtney Act, losing to Bianca Del Rio.
Immediately following the finale of Drag Race, Noriega released the single "DTF" on May 20, 2014, his first single as Adore Delano and the leading single off album "Til Death Do Us Party". The full album was released on June 3, 2014, and debuted at #3 on the Dance/Electronic Albums Chart as well as #59 on the Billboard 200, making Delano the highest selling artist of any RuPaul's Drag Race contestant.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Till Death Do Us Party||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Dance Digital
|2014||"DTF"||—||—||Till Death Do Us Party|
|"I Adore U"||49||34|
|"Hello, I Love You"||—||—|
|2014||"Oh No She Betta Don't"
(with DJ ShyBoy featuring The Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race season 6)
|2014||"Superstar"||RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz|
|"Superstar"||2014||World Of Wonder|
|"Oh No She Better Don't"
||2014||World Of Wonder|
|"I Adore U"||2014||Ben Simkins|
|"Hello, I Love You"||2014||Ben Simkins|
|2008||American Idol||Himself (contestant)|
|2008||The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Himself||1 Episode|
|2008||Entertainment Tonight||Himself||1 Episode|
|2014||RuPaul's Drag Race||Adore Delano/Himself (contestant)||Finalist (Top 3)|
|2014||RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked||Himself|
|2014||Let the Music Play||Himself||Produced by World of Wonder|
Music video appearances
|2014||"Oh No She Betta Don't" (RuPaul)|
|2014||"Sissy That Walk" (RuPaul)||Steven Corfe|
|2014||"Mean Gays" (Courtney Act)||Kain O'Keeffe|
- Velazquez, Maritza (15 February 2008). "Interview with American Idol’s Danny Noriega". Inside Socal. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- "Danny Noriega Gets His First Job Offer — From Rosie O’Donnell!". People. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- Stranksky, Tanner (10 June 2009). "'American Idol' alum Danny Noriega's new single '24/7': Too much to handle...ish". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- Amabile, Michelle (10 December 2013). "'American Idol' Alum Danny Noriega to Compete on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- Parker, Lyndsey (9 December 2013). "‘Idol’ Alum Danny Noriega to Compete on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- Avery, Dan (18 October 2013). ""Drag Race" Queens Walk L.A. Fashion Week Runway For Marco Marco". New Now Next. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
- Beard, Lanford (9 December 2013). "'RuPaul's Drag Race': Check out the sickening season 6 supertease and meet the queens -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- Virtel, Mouis (29 January 2013). "First Eliminated "Drag Race" Contestant Speaks: "It Felt Like a Setup."". TheBacklot.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- Caulfield, Keith (12 June 2014). "Adore Delano Sets 'Drag Race' Record". Billboard. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
- "Oh No She Better Don't (feat. The Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6) - Single". iTunes & Apple Inc. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- "Danny Noriega Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- Aguayo, Carlos (19 May 2014). "Adore Delano – DTF (Official)". Get Out! Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- Adore Delano on Facebook
- Adore Delano on Twitter
- Adore Delano's channel on YouTube
- Danny Noriega's channel on YouTube
- Danny Noriega at the Internet Movie Database