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‘American Idol’ contestant Emkay Nobilette: Talented and openly gay

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Emkay Nobilette’s singing talent earned her a spot in the top 15 girls on “American Idol.” The 20-year-old sang Ed Sheeran’s “The A-Team” and blew the judges away. But Nobilette is making headlines for another reason as well. She’s gay and spoke about it openly on the show making her the first “Idol” contestant to do so.

During a conversation with judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., Nobilette was told that, although her voice and her style were impressive, she was not the typical American Idol contestant. Emkay expressed that she had her own thoughts on the subject and the judges asked her to share. The singer responded with:

“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. 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.”

After some drawn out tense moments "American Idol" style, she was finally voted through as one of the top 15 girls. An emotional Nobilette responded by hugging and thanking all three judges.

Take a look at Emkay Nobilette’s candid conversation with the “American Idol” judges here.

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