Dailies | ‘American Idol’ Contestant Emkay Nobilette Comes Out: ‘I'm Very Obviously Gay’ (Video)

'American Idol' Contestant Emkay Nobilette Comes Out: 'I'm Very Obviously Gay' (Video)

Singer is the first to come out while competing on the Fox show

“American Idol” contestant Emkay Nobilette can flat-out sing, that much is obvious. She also happens to be gay.

The only reason that the second part is even newsworthy is because the revelation — during a conversation Nobilette had with judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban — makes her the first contestant to discuss her sexuality on the long-running Fox singing competition.

The girl with the sultry voice gave the judges goose bumps in her final performance — but that didn't mean they were 100 percent convinced to bring her aboard: ”I think with you it was kind of difficult because we all kind of fell in love with your voice and your style, but you're not the typical ‘American Idol,'” Lopez started during a clip posted by the show on Wednesday.

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“I'm very obviously gay, and there are always going to be people in America and everywhere else who are definitely going to hate me,” Emkay told the judges. “But I think in the last two years there have been a lot of things that really changed that and really made that a positive thing.”

“The world is changing, I think. We think — strongly — that you could be an ‘American Idol,'” Lopez said, welcoming her into the Top 15 girls after much made-for-TV suspense.

Watch the clip:

  • Ed Galo

    Jlo is using the Idol gay segment on Idol for her own benefit,
    trying to promote her show “The
    Fosters”, remember when I said when the verdict was out that when the new
    judges found out they weren’t going to bring up the TV ratings, that Jlo and
    the other judges were going to find ways to enhance their own career, this is
    one example, and if you didn’t see that
    in this segment then you have to be just as stupid as the executive producers
    of Idol for thinking these judges were going to save Idol??????????

  • Maria

    WHAT? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Emkay Nobilette is a winner. What an incredibly rich voice. Stop with the politics. This is about music, art, beautiful young and talented individuals, being judged by seasoned incredibly talented judges that deserve our respect and love, as a result of their respect and love of their craft. This is a joy to watch. You need to chill and remember what the show is about.