M.K. Nobilette first wowed the American Idol judges in San Francisco with a soul-driven rendition of “If I Was Your Woman” by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Since then, she’s been making a splash on mainstream media as Idol’s first openly gay contestant, having revealed said fact during the final Hollywood round before rounding out the Top 15 girls after a performance of Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team” . This made for a history-making TV moment that had Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban delivering praise towards the progressive developments in support of gay rights that have just started really budding up these past couple of years before delivering her the good news. In and of itself, this made for what many call the season’s first viral moment!
In a recent interview with Examiner , Nobilette stated of her coming out, “There have been a few haters, but I predicted that the minute I said it. But actually, the response has been pretty positive. Mostly, people have been really supportive.” While most have been supportive, some claim that she is getting by only because of the nature of her sexual orientation. Her incredibly heartfelt take on John Legend’s “All of Me” directed towards a special someone in the audience- which was by far one of the best of the girls’ Rush Week performances despite a few technical flaws -should be a little more than enough to change a few others’ opinions. Still, it is a long road for Nobilette on the show that will continuously make headlines. The only question from here on out is whether she will build herself up as an artist or glide based purely on her social status, but with the kind of person she’s already displayed herself to think, most people are believing that she’s a truly hard-working, genuine individual with a drive strong enough to rise above the so-called “haters”.
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