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.”
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