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When To­drick Hall made his splash on sea­son nine of “Amer­i­can Idol,” he as­sailed the bor­ing sta­tus quo by forc­ing ballsy ren­di­tions of pop fa­vorites into the mix. He ad­mits it wasn’t enough. “My big­gest re­gret was that when I was on ‘Idol,’ I held back so much,” Hall, 33, ex­plained by phone on one of his tour stops in In­di­anapo­lis. “I wanted to per­form Britney Spears’ ‘Cir­cus’ with a ring­leader cos­tume on. Maybe I would’ve got booed off the stage, but my big­gest re­gret is that I didn’t do it, that I didn’t come out swing­ing, but gave a half-assed ver­sion of what I wanted to give. I played it safe.”

To­day Hall is break­ing, or rewrit­ing, ev­ery rule of con­ven­tion, and he’s win­ning. With over a mil­lion fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram and 544 mil­lion views on his YouTube videos alone, he stands tall as one of the most in­flu­en­tial artists in LGBTQ en­ter­tain­ment. He’s done le­git Broad­way (“Kinky Boots,” “Chicago”), chore­ographed parts of the “Blow” mu­sic video for Bey­once, cameoed in a mu­sic video with bestie Tay­lor Swift and dropped a star-studded vis­ual al­bum “Straight Outta Oz.” He’s gal-palling with RuPaul as a guest judge and part-time chore­og­ra­pher for the com­pet­ing queens on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

He calls “Drag Race” his fa­vorite gig all year, although he wants to of­fer more to the Emmy Award-win­ning hit show. “I don’t wanna step on any­body’s toes or come for some­body’s gig, but I would love to ac­tu­ally write a mu­si­cal [for it], ‘cause when I write my mu­si­cals, it in­spires Now Hall is hit­ting the road for the 50city in­ter­na­tional tour “To­drick Hall Amer-

By J. MATTHEW COBB

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