American Idol Welcomes It’s First Openly Gay Contestant

Posted on February 13th, 2014 at 11:45 am
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mkOf course there have always been gay contestants on American Idol.

But the singing contest has never had a competitor openly discuss their sexual preference until now.

20-year-old MK Nobilette on Wednesday became the show's first gay competitor. While talking to the judges about whether or not she'd advance to the final 30, she said "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.”

To which judge Harry Connick Jr. responded "thank goodness."

Past finalists Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken are both gay, but neither publicly came out until after they completed their time on Idol.

It's about time A.I.!!!

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