She had made it to the top 10 and had a crowd of supporters at a San
Francisco restaurant cheering her on. But in the end, MK Nobilette, an
out lesbian singer, was eliminated from American Idol last week.
Nobilette, 20, the first openly gay contestant on the show, will go on to
perform in the “American Idol Top 10” tour. She was dropped from the
show after singing Pink’s “Perfect.”
Over 50 people were jammed into the dining room at Cava Restaurant
March 19 to watch the Fox show and cheer on Nobilette, including her
lesbian moms, Mindy Spatt and Laurie Nobilette, who raised their
daughter in San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood. She went to Ruth
Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.
Spatt, communications director at The Utility Reform Network, was not
surprised to see her daughter come out on the show right away as the
“We are a gay family, she has two moms and grew up in San Francisco,”
Spatt said. “I don’t think she realized what a dramatic thing it was to
While Nobilette was trying to find herself, she thought about becoming
a firefighter, but music was always on her mind. She sang for kids she
babysat, close friends, and even on street corners in the city.
According to Spatt, an aunt of Nobilette’s who is a big fan of American
Idol convinced her to try out when the show was in San Francisco for
auditions last December.
Nobilette said on a PopStop TV interview that if she didn’t mention her
sexual orientation, it would have been obvious. She was upfront about
who she is and wanted the whole world to know that she is gay.
“It would have been on all over the social media. It isn’t something I
wanted to hide. Reality TV shows can have gay people on them,”