Robert Arnold

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Rob Arnold
Robert Arnold Boyband member.jpg
Background information
Birth name Robert Allan Arnold
Born (1982-08-13) August 13, 1982 (age 35)
Origin Wellington, New Zealand
Genres Pop, dance
Years active 2006–present
Labels Warner Music (New Zealand, 2006–present)
Associated acts Boyband

Robert Allan Arnold (born 13 August 1982), commonly known as Rob Arnold, is a singer from Wellington, New Zealand, who achieved fame in a New Zealand boy band, Boyband, as “Gay Boy”. Their debut single, a remake of the classic Kinks song "You Really Got Me", debuted at #1 on the New Zealand Music Charts on 9 October 2006.

Before Boyband, Rob had auditioned for every series of New Zealand Idol, as well as achieving minor notoriety by auditioning twice on reality show “Showstoppers”, the second time in disguise, incurring the anger of judge Michael Hurst. He also appeared on the ill-fated TV Reality TV Show "The Ultimate Challenge". He has also appeared on Maori Television's "Te Mika Show" in 2006 and TVNZ’s "How Normal Are You".

Growing up in Porirua, Rob is the youngest of five children. He and his older sister Jaime Arnold, who was the previous holder of the "Ms Gay Downunder" title and a former columnist for UP magazine, controversially won the Cutest Couple award at the Glammies (a Wellington gay community award ceremony), in which Rob also took home the "Spunkiest Boy" Award. In the same year he was crowned "Queer Idol", as part of the UniQ Pride Week celebrations.

He has had numerous modeling jobs, appeared in small roles in a number of feature-length films, and appeared on the cover of “Capital Times” as a male cheerleader. Rob has worked on a TV venture for Gibson Group, a large New Zealand television production company, and is rumoured to be working on a new feature film. He also has a small cameo in the 2007 New Zealand film "The Devil Dared Me To". Rob is also currently working on a solo album, the first single was scheduled for release in early 2008.

Rob has resurged in popularity in Europe, primarily due to his recent appearances in Amsterdam in preparation for Eurovision 2016.[citation needed]

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