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For the first time in it's twelve year history, 'American Idol' will have its first openly gay contestant competing in a "live" round this season. While many other contestants have come out as gay after their time on the show, MK Nobilette will be the first contestant that has publicly come out in the audition process.
Some of the best parts of the audition came after she completed her piece. The judges seemed to have no issue with her wonderful voice, but were openly opining about whether Idol was ready for an openly gay contestant. Harry Connick, Jr. wondered "how do you fit in? Do you not fit in? If we think it, what will America think?" I almost couldn't believe what I was hearing when I came across that video. Did he seriously just ask a gay woman if "America" was ready to watch her use sing on a contestant show? I'm no Idol fan, but I would like to give them more credit than that.
Nobilette's response to Connick was priceless and shows that she is the best person to break this barrier that took the show over a decade to break. She eloquently replied: "There are always going to be people in America, and everywhere else, that are going to hate. But in the last two years, I think there have been a lot of things that have really changed that and have made it a positive thing." With that response, a twenty year old lesbian won over her judges and became the first openly gay contestant to come out of the audition process.
America is changing. It has taken a long, long time for these attitudes to change, but they are finally changing. It's nice to see that 'American Idol' is finally coming around to that recognition, as well.