Karen Ocamb

Aussie Transgender Singer Wows 'X Factor' Judges

Filed By Karen Ocamb | September 07, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: INXS, Paige Elliot Phoenix, X Factor

SheWired posted a wonderful story about transgender singer Paige Elliot Phoenix, 35, who auditioned for Australia's X Factor reality show recently and wowed the three judges, one of whom is former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. Phoenix talked about his FTM transition live onstage before singing INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart." He was given three "Yes" votes to return for the show's "boot camp" and then shared the thrilling news with his girlfriend in San Francisco.

(Crossposted at LGBT POV)

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WOW! thanks for brightening my day.

Thank you, Karen, for sharing this.

Another POSITIVE presentation of a Human Being who, in this case, publicly and proudly, self-identifies as a Trans Male, but additionally it is incredibly POSITIVE for all Trans (whatever) Human Beings.

And, from a another musician's perspective... he has incredible talent. My very best wishes to him for continued success.

One more example that we will NEVER give up, and that it IS getting better. :-)

(Experiencing a heartsmile right now)... tears of joy.


WOW, wow, wow. Paige is just simply amazing. Such blatant honesty, emotion. Not only anambassador for our community but a positive role model for our youth. THANK YOU Paige!

Hope Chaz learns to dance as well as Paige can sing. Talent transcends a lot of things...

Angela Brightfeather | September 9, 2011 4:05 PM

Paige is so inspirational and so talented. It just makes me feel so great to know that if I have lived long enough to see this type of person, with this much soul, emerge from the Transgender Community and recieve the acceptance that he did from that crowd. It makes me feel like moving to Australia. He is a community treasure, as are so many younger Trans people today emerging from the shadows of the past.

Best of luck Mate. I hope you win.