Courtney Act

Courtney Act

Courtney Act is an Australian drag queen and one of the semi-finalists of Australian Idol in 2003. However she is only the third singer of the competition to release an official/solo single, following Guy Sebastian and Shannon Noll. This single is “Rub Me Wrong” and was released in 2004, peaking at #29 in the ARIAnet Singles Chart.

Courtney Act (a play on the phrase “caught in the act”) is actually the nom de guerre of “gender illusionist” Shane Jenek. Shane auditioned for Australian Idol as himself but did not get beyond the selection auditions. Returning the next day as Courtney, he wowed the judges and went through to the semifinals. Revealing impressive voice and singing talents as well as a stage presence considerably ahead of many of the other contestants, he continued until being finally voted off in thirteenth place. Courtney particularly impressed judge Ian “Dicko” Dickson, who signed Jenek to the BMG label following the completion of the show.

Shane Jenek is a native of Brisbane, but now lives in Sydney.

Courtney Act for RuPaul's Drag Race!6

Courtney Act for RuPaul's Drag Race!

By Matt Akersten 7th Dec, 2013

"I reckon everybody needs to experience the warmth and energy up here."

Gaga's new video is a drag show1

Gaga's new video is a drag show

By Matt Akersten 15th Aug, 2013

Lady Gaga rushed to reveal her newest song 'Applause' in recent days, fearing a leak of it would appear – and now the official lyric video for it shows her on a big night out watching drag shows!

Art on show as Mardi Gras ramps up2

Art on show as Mardi Gras ramps up

By Matt Akersten 20th Feb, 2013

With just a few days to go until the Harbour Party, and only ten sleeps until the massive Parade and After-Party, the Sydney Mardi Gras cultural festival is in full swing.

Welcome back to Disgraceland!2

Welcome back to Disgraceland!

By Same Same 11th Feb, 2013

Lock up your kids - Disgraceland, Saturday F#cking Night and Courtney Act are all coming back to Oxford Street for a very limited time over the Mardi Gras period.

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One last night for Nevermind

By Matt Akersten 5th Nov, 2012

Oxford Street's gay hotspot Nevermind has shut its doors, with its new owner planning a hetero rebrand – but the Disgraceland crew will have one last hurrah this weekend.

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Courtney's back for massive Mardi Gras week

By Same Same 15th Feb, 2012

Tasty Oxford Street venue Ruby Rabbit will be open throughout the entire pre-Mardi Gras Parade and Party week, featuring DJs and special guest entertainment each night.

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MrAsh MrAsh said on Mon 16th Feb, 2015
"Now this is cool! :) "
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silverbullet silverbullet said on Sun 1st Feb, 2015
"What no one seems to be thinking about is the NEXT lethal..."
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Virgindirk Virgindirk said on Sat 29th Nov, 2014
" Same here! Already snapped up a ticket. Really lookin..."
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Mama Catastrophe Mama Catastrophe said on Wed 10th Dec, 2014
"Has this comp been drawn yet? Mama wants to see this bitc..."
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par3182 par3182 said on Fri 16th May, 2014
"You're being very generous; Courtney's delivered very lit..."