AfterElton Briefs: Election News, the Winners of the “Married in the Air” Contest, and More!


X Factor winner Shayne Ward on the cover of Gay Times. Sorry fellas, Shayne is strayt.

  • I failed. Yesterday I had vowed to vote in the afternoon and then not pay any attention to election results until it was all over and the dust had settled. Well, I was glued to MSNBC by 8 PM. With all of the bad news last night, there were a few bright spots. In my home state of NY, volatile nutjob Carl Paladino lost to the “legendary prowess” of Andrew Cuomo. And then he proceeded to give a concession speech involving a … baseball bat … and veiled threats. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what the hell he was going for here.

  • Oh, and this just in: Democrat Michael Bennet has beaten Republican Ken Buck, who compared being gay to being alcoholic, to be Colorado’s senator.
  • Below you can see the preview for The Will: Family Secrets Revealed, which airs at 9 PM EST on Investigation Discovery. Tonight’s episode is about Joan Crawford‘s infamous last will, and it includes her daughter Christina, as well as … wait for it … reenactments!

  • Just Jared has Ricky Martin and Joss Stone‘s performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. I watched the interview yesterday and Ricky was warm, sincere, and eloquent. Oh, and hot.

Aleksandar Mijatovic and Shantu Bhattacherjee(L) and Thomas Landreth and Brett Kessler

  • Big congrats to the winners of the Scandinavian Airlines contest to become the first same-sex couple married in the air. German couple Aleksandar Mijatovic and Shantu Bhattacherjee will tie the knot on December 6 between Stockholm and New York. And congrats to North Carolina couple Thomas Landreth and Brett Kessler , who won the U.S.-based “love” competition and will be married in … an ice hotel. Is the Snow Queen sponsoring this? Oh wait, it’s the Ice Hotel, which is totally … cool.
  • With the release of the new Pet Shop Boys collection “Ultimate” imminent, Chart Rigger takes a look at the 19 most essential Pet Shop Boys non-singles. Unfortunately, I’m not a big enough fan to have heard of most of these, but I still have my cassingle of “Domino Dancing” in a box somewhere.
  • Below you can see a preview for tonight’s Top Chef: Just Desserts in which temperatures rise inside Yigit‘s sugar vase, until clumsy oaf Morgan ruins everything “accidentally.” I’m sure Morgan’s response will be “well, I’m a heterosexual man, and that’s what heterosexual men do.”

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