American Idol: First Openly LGBT Contestant

By Albert Lin

American Idol has had its share of LGBT finalists before—notably, Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken and Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert—but on Wednesday the show welcomed the first openly LGBT contestant into its Top 30. M.K. Nobilette, a 20-year-old from San Francisco, revealed that she is a lesbian during her segment of the show.

In a prerecorded conversation with judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., Lopez brought up that Nobilette is “not the typical American Idol.” Connick then said, “And we wonder, is that a good thing Is that a bad thing Do we think it Will America think it All of these questions start coming up—do you fit in Do you not fit in”

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