Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Backstage Buzz: Mandisa's Anti-Gay Affiliation May Have Done Her In

4/6/2006 7:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mandisa(April 6, 5:20PM ET) -- America's shocking decision to vote Mandisa off 'American Idol' Wednesday night was not a shock at all to those backstage. Sources connected with 'Idol' tell TMZ the buzz behind the scenes last night was Mandisa getting the boot had nothing to do with her performance -- it was all about her openly anti-gay affiliations.

According to TMZ sources, lots of Hollywood types were backstage, including agents, PR flacks, managers and special guests. And the sentiment was clear; as one person put it, "Once you don't have the gays - forget about it."

During 'Idol's' March 28 show, which had a "Songs of the 21st Century" theme, Mandisa's choice "Wanna Praise You" raised eyebrows.

Before she began singing, Mandisa said, "This song goes out to everyone who wants to be free. Your addiction, lifestyle, or situation may be big, but God is bigger!" Mandisa said the song means a lot to her "because it's a testimony that there's nothing too hard for God."

Mandisa is openly a big fan of anti-gay author and lecturer Beth Moore. In her bio on the 'American Idol' website, Mandisa called Moore her "personal American Idol." Moore's website provides links to other sites that locate ministries for "those affected by homosexuality."

Related Links:
More 'American Idol' on TMZ
AOL Television: 'American Idol'
After-elimination dinner
Shopping with Mandisa
Photo gallery
'American Idol'


No Avatar



Look at her now. She is amazing. She is one of the top-selling Christian artists of the time. Mandisa is freaking amazing and I LOVE her music. Its not anti-gay. She's just speaking what the Bible has told us is true, which is what she believes!!!! You go girl!!!!

1712 days ago

La Cre    

If your story is accurate in quoting her, there is nothing anti-gay about it. When she says "lifestyle" it is clear to me that she is referring to all of those dope dealers, and hood rats who sleep around with everyone; those womanizers; wife beaters; petty thieves; life time welfare recipients; pedifiles; neglective parents and murderous gang bangers. Not every-single-statement a person makes has to do with gays. There are many lifestyles that have nothing to do with homosexuality. Widen the scope of your thought process.

2564 days ago


I always find it slightly ironic when morbidly obese African-American females turn out to be bigots. But in her case, I'll wager that the main problem is that she's dumber than a box of rocks.

2564 days ago


Right , because referring to or assuming "morbidly obese African American women"are "dumber than a box of rocks" isn't the least bit predjucial or ignorant.

2563 days ago

Texiss T    

I love it. Evil loses again.

If this beautiful, marvelous singer was really voted off as some sort of retribution from Gay Hollywood for daring to be "affiliated" with an allegedly "anti-gay" Beth Moore, then Mandisa gets the last laugh. Who can remember who DID win American Idol that year? OK, if you do remember, what was his last hit record? Well, how about his first?


2557 days ago

Around The Web