Since she first hit the screens, openly gay American Idol contestant MK Nobilette has gained a large number of fans, with people being quick to note that American Idol is clearly evolving.
Following her first performance of John Legend’s “All of Me” on Tuesday, February 18, the San Francisco-raised Nobilette received a standing ovation from the crowd—which included her two mothers, one of whom was unable to hold in happy tears.
Whilst other gay singers have been on the show, such as Clay Aiken and Grammy award winning artist Adam Lambert, MK has become the first contestant to speak openly about her sexuality during the competition.
When the judges were revealing the top fifteen women to go through to the next round earlier in the show, singer J-Lo commented, “you’re not the typical ‘American Idol.’”
Nobilette responded, “I have my own thoughts on that too. I’m very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who will definitely hate me. 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.”
When previous contestant Lambert returned to the show this week to join former judge Randy Jackson as a mentor, he said, “I think the show is doing a really good job this year of kind of revamping a little bit and keeping up with the times.”