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'American Idol' Has its First Openly Gay Contestant in 13 Seasons: VIDEO

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For the first time in 13 seasons, an openly gay contestant is in American Idol's Top 30. There have obviously been gay contestants on the show, but until now, none had spoken about their sexuality on camera, "seemingly by the show’s design," EW notes:

“I’m very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who will definitely hate me,” said [20-year-old MK] Nobilette while waiting to hear her Hollywood Week fate before the judges. “But I think that in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that, and have made it a positive thing.”

“Thank goodness,” murmured Harry Connick Jr.

Watch Nobilette's final audition and judging, original audition (at about 8:52 in the first clip) and an earlier interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier audition at 8:52:

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  1. Eh...Dunno if she is the "first" because she verbalized it. For all we know, others have, but it did not make the cut. Emmanuel Zidor, the sassy Sally I know the South will hate and I will love voting for just to spite them, can be seen from space with the flames and rainbows he produces as he sashays across the stage. Go, Manny!!! :)

    Posted by: Stephen | Feb 13, 2014 10:06:24 AM


  2. Thankfully she's quite good. Overall, though, I am sick of the backstory element of these shows. I simply don't care if you were dragged from a coal mine when you were four and sent to live in a Mormon mission with your great aunt Eugenia. I really don't care. I don't see how that has squat to do with whether you are the best singer or not.

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 13, 2014 10:25:43 AM


  3. Thankfully she's quite good. Overall, though, I am sick of the backstory element of these shows. I simply don't care if you were dragged from a coal mine when you were four and sent to live in a Mormon mission with your great aunt Eugenia. I really don't care. I don't see how that has squat to do with whether you are the best singer or not.

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 13, 2014 10:25:44 AM


  4. Thankfully she's quite good. Overall, though, I am sick of the backstory element of these shows. I simply don't care if you were dragged from a coal mine when you were four and sent to live in a Mormon mission with your great aunt Eugenia. I really don't care. I don't see how that has squat to do with whether you are the best singer or not.

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 13, 2014 10:26:26 AM


  5. @Stephen: The article clarifies that she's not the first gay contestant (there may well have been hundreds of gay contestants), but that she's the first gay contestant who has not had that fact expunged by producers from her backstory.
    Of course the straight people's backstories include every detail of their marriage partners or the person they're dating (who's often interviewed from the waiting room).

    Posted by: GregV | Feb 13, 2014 10:39:33 AM


  6. @Enchantra - actually they've really cut down on the sob stories this season - it's one a number of positive changes this year

    Posted by: Richie | Feb 13, 2014 10:46:56 AM


  7. There have been many queer contestants. She is the first to say she's gay on air. Keith London is also gay and out on this year's show. That makes two out AI contestants. That's a big deal considering AI still is one of the highest rated entertainment shows, and that it's overwhelmingly watched by Republicans, as well as the fact AI producers have clearly kept contestants in the past closeted. Just another step forward.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 13, 2014 10:52:26 AM


  8. I think the "gayest" season was still the first one when you just knew most of the male finalists were gay but it was never explicitly or even implicitly said. And gay men have nearly won twice: Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert. Three if you count David Archuletta (my gaydar goes off for that cutie!)

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 13, 2014 11:09:17 AM


  9. Hummm...Andy Towle had an ex-boyfiend that was on it once. Doesn't he count?

    Posted by: brent | Feb 13, 2014 11:49:52 AM


  10. "Keith London is also gay and out on this year's show."

    I wanted to know more about him, so I looked for his audition. The judges seemed so progressive in their judging of Emkay, but what homo and/or transphobic jerks they were with Keith. They couldn't get over the disconnect between his song lyrics and his perceived gender. Really pissed me off.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Feb 13, 2014 11:53:39 AM


  11. She look like a man.

    Posted by: Miss Swan | Feb 13, 2014 11:58:59 AM


  12. The judges seemed open to her story and thought her life experiences would be relevant. She has a great voice and a nice disposition. I hope she will go far in the competition.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 13, 2014 12:02:06 PM


  13. She's good, and different enough, I hope she gets through, I would be interested to see what her future holds.

    What's this with the judges just speaking (nonsense) out loud while she's performing. Like people talking to the screen at a movie. How rude. J-Lo is so irrelevant at this point, who even wants to hear her opinion?

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Feb 13, 2014 2:07:07 PM


  14. Considering that the majority of viewers/voters come from the South (note 100% of winners are from the South or 'Red' states), an openly gay contestant will be gone faster than you can say "chicken fried steak and grits".

    Posted by: CB | Feb 13, 2014 2:32:14 PM


  15. Didn't Adam lambert come out durring the shows run? I seem to think he did. Same for Jim Varraros (sp?) from Season 1.

    If not it was imediatly after the season ended that they did. But I don't remember anyone verbally confirming their sexuality to the camera from the beginning. But I haven't watched the show in 5 seasons so I don't know.

    Posted by: Brandon h | Feb 13, 2014 3:14:37 PM


  16. Hey CB, before you make blanket statements as fact, check your sources. No, not 100% of the winners have come from the South or Red states unless you consider Illinois one or the other.
    While it's true that most winners have come from red states, there have been 3 runners up from CA & 1 from WA. If you take it to the top 5, you get even more diversity. So, maybe she won't win but don't automatically toss her chances because you have already determined others' prejudices. With an approach like that, we'd never get anywhere in this country.

    Posted by: MIke | Feb 13, 2014 3:38:33 PM


  17. @Brandon, no, those particular contestants came out after their respective season ended.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 13, 2014 4:44:03 PM


  18. WOW! What a positive and upbeat young woman.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 13, 2014 5:30:48 PM


  19. Who cares. I can't wait until we're past having to point out every single person is the "first gay to" do whatever. What's next, the first openly gay contestant to fart live on the air? Give it a rest already.

    Posted by: Wittynamehere | Feb 13, 2014 7:32:22 PM


  20. I thought Clay Aiken was the first open lesbian. Who knew?

    Posted by: John | Feb 19, 2014 7:19:22 PM


  21. I thought Clay Aiken was the first open lesbian. Who knew?

    Posted by: John | Feb 19, 2014 7:19:22 PM


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