American Idol made history last night as judges named MK Nobilette, AI's first openly gay contestant, as part of the Season 13 Top 30.
When MK sat down with the judges, the four discussed whether Nobilette fit the American Idol mold. MK admitted that was something to which she'd given much thought.
"How do you fit in, do you not fit in?" Harry asked. "I have my own thoughts on that," MK replied. She continued:
“I’m very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who are definitely gonna hate. 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.”
"The world is changing, I think..." J.Lo finished, before delivering the news that MK had made it to the Top 30.
American Idol has been the subject of criticism for rumors that it has urged previous gay contestants not to speak of their sexuality during the competition.
Most notably among those was Adam Lambert.
While no one mentioned his sexuality during the competition, a small controversy erupted when, during his season, photos of Lambert performing in gay clubs surfaced.
American Idol never commented on the issue.
Clay Aiken came out publicly after his stint on American Idol and Crystal Bowersox has recently stated that she is bi-sexual.
We wish MK Nobilette, whose voice is both serious and fantastic, all the best on her American Idol journey. We look forward to watching her in the upcoming live performance round.