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American Idol: MK Nobilette Is The First Openly Gay Contestant To Crack The Top 30

February 14, 2014 09:04 AM by Stephanie Gustafson

Following continued criticism surrounding its treatment of gay contestants, American Idol appears to be in the midst of some significant changes. Yesterday, the talented MK Nobilette earned distinction as the very first openly gay competitor to make the reality competition’s top 30.

In the past, American Idol has done a terrible job of recognizing and promoting its LGBT contestants. Adam Levine of The Voice noted this in an earlier interview, complaining, “What’s always pissed me off about Idol‘ is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken…You can’t hide basic components of these people’s lives.”

It looks like this is about to change however, with MK Nobilette making her mark as the first openly gay singer to crack Idol’s semifinals. MK has impressed from the beginning. She never made her sexual orientation a secret, admitting, “I’m very obviously gay, and there are always going to be people in American and everywhere else who are definitely going to hate me.”

Harry Connick Jr. seemed all in favor of admitting an “obviously gay” singer into the top 30, although, initially, he did find himself wondering, “What will America think?” Jennifer Lopez was also unsure, first referring to MK as “not the typical American Idol.” Ultimately, however, the popular judge decided, “The world is changing, I think — we think that you could be an American Idol.

Do you approve of American Idol’s decision to include an openly gay contestant in this season’s top 30? We know you have an opinion and we want to hear it, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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3 Responses to “American Idol: MK Nobilette Is The First Openly Gay Contestant To Crack The Top 30”

  1. gil king Says:
    February 14th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    it’s not about fags, it’s about musical/vocal talent. Keep the show pointed towards the subject, don’t excess over social issues irrelevant to the competition.
    If the nation votes her off for her talent or lack thereof, so be it.. If the nation supports her for her talent again so be it.. The worst thing about these live shows would be interjecting “social agenda” into the mix.

    The kid has a great voice and can become a big star.. the fact that she also likes the same type of sexuality that I like is totally irrelevant.

  2. Rebecca Henderson Says:
    February 20th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    If her gay status entered into choosing her, then I object. Talent (which she has) should be the only consideration. Last year when I read that white guys with guitars need not audition, I was very much disillusioned with American Idol. After all, it is the public that selects the winner and if the American public likes white guys with guitars, then they should be allowed to compete even if the last six winners were white guys with guitars.

  3. Taylor Hunter Says:
    March 15th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I think it shouldn’t matter if she is gay or not, music is music. just like love is love. she has an amazing voice and I think she is going to win. If people have a problem with it then they just need to not watch this season. she isn’t scared to come out. and she is right I guess it is kinda obvious. just like me. but, just because someone is gay, bisexual, etc… doesn’t mean they can’t play music. Take Adam Lambert for example, he is gay but he is also a big star and was runner up on AI. SO YOU GOTTA PROBLEM, DONT WATCH.


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