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Daniel Anthony "Danny" Noriega, better known under the stage name Adore Delano, (born September 29th, 1989) was a contestant on Season 6 and Season 7 of American Idol.

Season 6 Audition[]

Danny auditioned in Season 6. At least two judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Season 6 Hollywood Round[]

Danny was cut on the first day of the Hollywood Rounds.

Season 7 Audition[]

Danny auditioned again in San Diego. She sang "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Season 7 Hollywood Round[]

Danny was featured on the second day of Hollywood Week. She sang "When I Need You" by Leo Sayer. All three judges voted "yes", giving her a free ride to the final day of Hollywood Week. She managed to make the judges' final fifty and during the final deliberation, it was revealed she made the Top 24.

Top 24[]

Danny sang "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20[]

Danny sang "Superstar" by Delaney & Bonnie. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 16[]

Danny sang "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell. She was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week, eliminating her from the competition.

After the Show[]

Danny appeared in the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race as her drag persona Adore Delano. She finished as the runner-up for that season. She also participated in RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars but quit in the second episode, placing 9th overall.

On July 26, 2017, Danny shared on Instagram that she is sober, has been taking estrogen for about three months now and identifies as transgender. She prefers to use the pronouns she/her. Additionally, she shared that she will be receiving gender-affirming surgical operations in November of 2023.


  • Danny was the final televised audition of Season 7.
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