Prince Poppycock's 'Whirlwind' Rise to Fame Leads to This: Mayor of Halloween
By Stacy Jenel Smith Posted Oct 29th 2010 11:15PM
Who among the celebrity crowd will have the biggest Halloween shindig this year? Sure, you've got Heidi Klum and Seal's A-list party taking place at New York's LAVO, with AOL sponsoring. You've got Dave Navarro's Playboy Party, and the awesome-sounding Snoop Dogg Vampires Ball. But there's only one celebrity who'll be leading a quarter million revelers in Halloween fun this Sunday: Prince Poppycock.
Yep, Poppycock -- real name, John Andrew Quale -- who won the hearts of 'America's Got Talent' viewers this past summer with his baroque dandy look and awesome voice, has been summoned to be crowned the honorary Mayor of West Hollywood for the Creative City's annual Halloween Carnaval. He'll perform in the opening ceremony and on the main stage. PopEater caught up with Quale, who has no publicist or manager, between performances on the 25-city 'America's Got Talent' tour to get his thoughts on the big night.
"I'll be flying in on the 31st," he says. "It's maddening, trying to coordinate everything from the other side of the country. A choreographer friend of mine is rounding up the girls and the costumes. We're doing a lot of texting." As for his own costume, Quale (pronounced qua-lee) says there's been no time to actualize his vision of "coming as a big rainbow" -- or wearing "a glamorous Egyptian ensemble." He'll stick with the harlequin look fans know and love.
Tough as it may be to get to, the Carnaval is worth the trouble. Not only is it the biggest such event of the holiday, it also promotes The Trevor Project for LGBT youth, which Quale selected as this year's charity. Celebrities will be there, and there's a tribute to the 35th anniversary of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show.'
"It's ironic: I've never quite been accepted as a West Hollywood boy and now I get to come back as their king," observes the out-and-proud performer.
"I've performed in Silverlake and downtown, but West Hollywood can be a little exclusive if you're not a tanned hard-body boy or a female impersonator. Those are the two models -- boys or drag queens. I was never able to get into any of the drag shows. There was no place for me. Now, there's all sorts of gigs being offered that would have been great a year ago, that are now impossible for me to do."
They're impossible, because, as he puts it, "'America's Got Talent' hasn't ended for me. We've been touring constantly." He sadly had to turn down appearances with Bette Midler and Perez Hilton due to the time constraints. "It's been a whirlwind."
When the tour wraps up in Orlando on Nov. 7, he's going to Disney World. Really, he's taking his mom, his niece and two nephews, and his boyfriend, fashion photographer Shawn Smith. Smith will also be flying out with Quale for the Carnaval.
After that? Among the future work prospects on the table for the oh-so-talented Prince Poppycock is "a Vegas residency -- 'The Poppycock Show' -- that would have a television show made along with it."
And the queries, offers and requests keep coming. "It's just a lot to handle with no representation. I do have a lawyer," says Quale, who's looking into getting a manager. He doesn't have a recording contract either, and has had "no real offers. Apparently, they think I have no future as a recording artist. It's too bad."
Hey, there were some West Hollywood naysayers that didn't think he had a future in show business in their town, either. And just look at him now.
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