The egalitarian nature of the internet has created a whole new generation of stars, many courtesy of YouTube.

The egalitarian nature of the internet has created a whole new generation of stars, many courtesy of YouTube.

Todrick Hall's star has risen in part thanks to his YouTube channel, and the changing nature of the entertainment industry is not lost on the singer/dancer/actor/writer, who has also been on TV, in season nine of "American Idol."

"It's almost to where there's no difference [between YouTube and television]," Hall said. "People watch YouTube the same way I watched TV growing up.

"Kids watching YouTube don't see color. They don't see sexual orientation. They just see someone they like," he said, adding that he's proud to be "a voice for the African-American gay community."

Hall has also been on Broadway, doing the kind of performing that first captured his imagination as a young person. He also confessed to being "uber-obsessed with 'The Wizard of Oz,'" and so he combined those loves for an album and tour, "Straight Outta Oz," which is part pop concert and part stage musical.

"Absolutely it's autobiographical," he said, referencing the challenges he faced growing up "different in a Bible-thumping Southern town." In the end, Hall said the lesson is "acceptance for who you are. It can't be told enough."