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Despite complaints to the contrary, there’s no denying that American Idol has had a very diverse group of contestants in its 13 seasons. From black to white to gay to transgendered, the contestants on the show have been as much a melting pot as our great nation. But interestingly enough, most of the gay and lesbian contestants in the show’s history haven’t come out while competing on the show... until now. M.K. Nobilette could be considered the first openly lesbian contestant in Idol history.

In fact, the judges were very frank in telling her that she doesn’t have the typical look and feel of past Idol winners.

“I’m very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who are definitely gonna hate,” she said to the judges while awaiting her fate during the Green Mile episode of February 12. “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.”

As our fave judge, Harry Connick, Jr., said before the trio sent her on to the next round, “Thank goodness.”

We couldn’t agree more but some of the articles about the show’s demographic have us wondering if America really is ready. You might recall the rather scandalous post by The Hollywood Reporter last year that claimed the typical viewer of Idol is “a Midwestern, Southern, older woman who is threatened by [judge] Nicki [Minaj’s] aggressiveness.” The article was in response to the buzz that Idol was ousting Nicki because of viewers’ displeasure with her outrageous antics.

Another example comes from Season 8. While that year’s runner-up, Adam Lambert, has been extremely successful since his time on the show, he didn’t publicly come out until after his season was over. Why? Rumor has it he didn’t want to alienate female fans and voters. Much like Adam, second season runner-up Clay Aiken also revealed his sexuality long after his stint on Idol.

While we find M.K.’s candor (and her voice!) refreshing, we have to pose the question: Is the average Idol-watcher going to rate her simply based on her talent or will she face bias?

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