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The Glee actor looked a world away from his character, disabled student Artie Abrams, as he performed tonight.


Who is Kevin McHale? Meet the former Glee star and X Factor Celebrity 2019 contestant The X Factor Celebrity 2019: Kevin McHale. Picture: ITV By Rory O'Connor Kevin McHale is returning to singing on TV, but this time for a competition in the form of The X Factor Celebrity 2019. Who is Kevin McHale and where have we seen him before? Glee star Kevin McHale played Artie Abrams in the hit musical drama from 2009 to 2015.

He has also co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards with Demi Lovato and fronted quiz show Virtually Famous in the UK. Can Kevin McHale sing? Kevin was part of boyband NLT [Not Like Them] and also released his own solo tracks earlier this year. During his Glee years, Kevin was known to record and sing all of the songs for his character. Will Glee give Kevin McHale an advantage on the show? Kevin told the Daily Star: "There's a difference between when you are out there by yourself trying to make it work, and being you as in this is Kevin McHale choosing to sing this song. "If it works great, if it sucks it's your fault. When you're a character you have everything to fall back on. "You have the writer who made this happen, the person who chose the song and if it sucks it doesn't matter because the character chose to do that." How old is Kevin McHale and is he dating anyone? Kevin celebrated his 31st birthday in 2019. In April 2018, Kevin came out as gay with a tweet, and is dating actor Austin McKenzie. The video will start in 8 Cancel Get the biggest celebs stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email The X Factor: Celebrity fans were left stunned by Kevin McHale's real life transformation. The Glee actor looked a world away from his character, disabled student Artie Abrams, as he performed tonight. He managed to wow judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh with his soaring vocals. But some viewers were confused as they were convinced he used a wheelchair in real life. One Glee superfan tweeted: "After watching glee for years I'm still trying to process seeing Kevin McHale and no wheelchair." Another puzzled viewer penned: "I genuinely thought he needed Artie's wheelchair!" "Expected Kevin to come out in a wheelchair singing don't stop believing," a third joked. But this isn't the first time that fans have been gobsmacked by the fact Kevin doesn't have a disability off the show. He was called out by a group of disabled actors who were left upset over the casting of a non-paraplegic person on the politically incorrect musical comedy. The star was viewed as a prime obstacle to showcase stars with real-life disabilities on TV. (Image: ITV) McHale told fans in 2009 that he could really walk, which left them surprised at his confession. But he told PopEater that he's not surprised fans are shocked he can walk because as he says, "I'm really good at not moving my legs." (Image: WireImage) (Image: Mike Marsland/WireImage) Last year the actor shed seven-pounds in 12 weeks after dramatically working on his fitness. He teamed up with Ultimate Performance to achieve his new look. Shortly after, the actor announced he was gay, and he gave tribute to Ariana Grande and her song No Tears Left To Cry for helping him do so. Taking to Twitter, he wrote: "#NoTearsLeftToCry is gayer than me and I ACCEPT. Ty @arianaGrande." *The X Factor: Celebrity returns tomorrow on ITV