|Birth name||James Conrad Verraros|
|Born||February 8, 1983|
|Origin||Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States|
James Conrad "Jim" Verraros (born February 8, 1983) is an American singer/entertainer and native of Crystal Lake, Illinois who is most notable for being one of the top 10 finalists in the first season of American Idol. Because he was raised by deaf parents, he is fluent in American Sign Language.
On September 6, 2009, Verraros married his boyfriend Bill Brennan in a small ceremony in Illinois.
Verraros was born on February 8, 1983 and grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois. His father is Greek and both of his parents are deaf. Verraros is fluent in American Sign Language. He discovered that he is gay when he was around twelve or thirteen years old, and his sexuality led to him being bullied during middle school. High school marked an improvement for him - he became active in theater and went on to attend Monmouth College on a theater scholarship.
Prior to competing on American Idol, Verraros kept an online journal, in which he was open about being gay. The Advocate, an American LBGT-interest magazine, discovered this journal and contacted Fox with a request to interview Verraros. One day later, the journal was deleted. Verraros publicly came out to the magazine in a January 2003 interview. He commented that the website was removed because Fox did not want him to gain an unfair advantage over the other contestants - the network had feared that people might vote for him on the basis of his sexual orientation. Verraros was open about his sexuality with the other American Idol finalists, whom he described as being very supportive.
In 2005, Verraros met Bill Brennan through Myspace. After learning that they only lived twenty minutes away from each other, the two of them decided to meet in person. Four years later, on September 6, 2009, they married each other in their home state of Illinois - despite gay marriage being illegal there.
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||"When I Fall in Love"||Nat King Cole||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 30||Contestant's Choice||"When I Fall in Love"||Nat King Cole||2||Advanced|
|Top 10||Motown||"Easy"||The Commodores||7||Eliminated|
||This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. (October 2007)|
Verraros released his album Unsaid and Understood (2004) through the indie label Red Queen Music - Sound Axis. It won the 2004 Outmusic Award for Outstanding New Recording - Debut Male.
The album was revamped and picked up by Koch Records and released as Rollercoaster (2005), Verraros' mainstream debut, which garnered several dance floor hits, including the Top 25 Billboard Hot Club/Dance Chart hit "You Turn It On." The album was produced and co-written by Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Gabe Lopez and features four songs co-written by American Idol finalist Angela Peel. The album had a limited release deal through Koch Records.
On May 27, 2009, Verraros released two new singles "Touch (Don't U Want 2)" and "Electric Love" from his third album Do Not Disturb. Both songs were produced and written by Gabe Lopez.
As an actor, Verarros is a star of the 2004 gay-themed comedy Eating Out directed by Q. Allan Brocka and produced by Ariztical Entertainment, as well in the sequel, Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds. Verraros was considered for a role on the here! series Dante's Cove. Verraros has appeared four times on The Feast of Fools podcast - once in November and December 2006 and twice in January 2007.
- American Idol Season 1 (2002) – Himself
- Eating Out (2004) – Kyle
- Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds (2006) – Kyle
- Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! (2008) – Priest
- Copacabana (2013) – Flavio/Suzie (in production)
|Unsaid and Understood
|Do Not Disturb
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- Bruce C. Steele (January 21, 2003). "A teen Idol's dreams". The Advocate. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
- "Idol gossip". The Advocate. September 3, 2002. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
- Ulrica Wihlborg (September 7, 2009). "Jim Verraros's Dream Wedding". People Magazine. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
- Gina Serpe (September 9, 2009). "Idol Alum Jim Verraros Ties Knot With Boyfriend". E Online. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
- "Jim Verraros". IMDb. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
- Official Website
- Jim Verraros at the Internet Movie Database
- Jim Verraros on Myspace
- Jim Verraros Music on Myspace
- Punk Globe Magazine Online Interview
- Jim Verraros Interview