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MK Nobilette opens up about being first openly gay ‘American Idol’ finalist

Finalist MK Nobilette attends FOX's 'American Idol XIII' finalists party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on February 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

When MK Nobilette told judges she is “very obviously gay”, the “American Idol” finalist made history by becoming the first openly gay contestant to make it to the singing competition’s top 30. Although she is happy she made a difference in lives, Nobilette told TV Guide in an interview published on March 26, that she didn’t intend for her sexuality to be a big deal.

Nobilette, who was voted out of the competition last week, was obviously not the first gay contestant to ever appear on the show. It was her openness that made it a big deal and what, if any, impact it would have on her success. Although Nobiette didn’t want her sexuality to define her as a singer, she told TV Guide she wasn’t going to hide it either. It was the producer’s decision to include it in the show.

“They didn’t have to put it in there. That was their choice, which I appreciated. They ask what makes you different from the other contestants. Well, that’s like the No. 1 thing that makes me different from the other contestants. Also, it’s not just a singing competition. It’s a reality TV show.”

She went on to say that because it’s a reality TV show, people want to feel a connection to the contestants. For her, it connected her to younger gay people who looked at her as a role model because of the courage and strength it took to be the person she is.

Nobilette does admit some negative reactions from viewers, but overall was surprised it was an issue at all. As there will always be “haters” she explains she never “intended it to be a big deal.”

The “American Idol” finalist was ironically voted off after performing a song that had the strongest message. Nobilette performed a version of Pink’s “Perfect.” Although she loves the song, it wasn’t her first choice, but the song relayed a message that did connect with her fans.

It will probably never be clear on whether her sexuality played a role in her not getting the votes from viewers. She didn’t give the strongest performances on the show, but by just being a presence and being open and keeping real with show she is, MK Nobilette is definitely a winner.

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