Michaela Anne "MK" Nobilette (born August 20, 1993) also known as Emkay Spatt, is an American singer from San Francisco, California who finished in 10th place on Season 13 of American Idol. She also made history by being the first openly gay contestant to compete on the show.
Background[edit | edit source]
Adopted by a gay couple when she was a baby, MK grew up in San Francisco. She plays guitar and piano. Her musical influences include soul singer Allan Stone and the band Train. One of her earliest influences is the Disney animated musical The Little Mermaid.
MK was a college student when she decided to try out for the show.
American Idol[edit | edit source]
MK auditioned for the show in her hometown of San Francisco, singing "If I Were Your Woman" by Gladys Knight and the Pips. Impressed with her soulful vocals, the judges put her through to Hollywood, but when she got there, MK was faced with having to sing again in order to go completely through to Hollywood. Her "Hollywood or Home" performance wasn't aired. She did make it through and made the top 30 and then the top 13.
For "Home" week, MK sang the popular Train song "Drops of Jupiter". While Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez both liked the performance, Harry Connick, Jr. wasn't so sure, even questioning MK on whether she wanted to be on the show or not. The public seeemed to feel the same way as MK was put in the bottom 3 for the second week in a row. However, she avoided elimination.
For "Songs from The Movies" week, MK took on the Garth Brooks version of Bob Dylan's "To Make You Feel My Love" from the movie Hope Floats. The judges liked her performance, and she managed to avoid the bottom 3.
For "Billboard Top 10" week, MK took on "F**kin' Perfect" by Pink, which had previously been covered by Hollie Cavanagh of season 11. It got her a mixed response from the judges and ended up being her last as she was eliminated on March 20, 2014, finishing in 10th place.
Performances[edit | edit source]
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||"If I Were Your Woman"||Gladys Knight & the Pips||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 1||A Capella||Not aired||-||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 2||Group Performance||"Royals"
with Briana Oakley
|Hollywood Round, Part 3||Solo||"The A Team"||Ed Sheeran||Advanced|
|Top 31 (10 Women)||Personal Choice||"All of Me"||John Legend||Safe|
|Top 13||This Is Me||"Satisfaction"||Allen Stone||Bottom 3|
|Top 12||Home||"Drops of Jupiter"||Train||Bottom 3|
|Top 11||Songs from the Movies||"Make You Feel My Love"||Bob Dylan||Safe|
|Top 10||Billboard Top 10||"F**kin' Perfect"||Pink||Eliminated|
Post Idol[edit | edit source]
MK will be a part of the 2014 American Idols Live tour, which will kick off in Binghamton, New York on June 24, 2014. However, due to illness, MK was not a part of the Idol finale.
Record deal[edit | edit source]
In the fall of 2014, it was reported that MK had signed a deal with a San Francisco-based record label called Velvet Rhythm Entertainment. Her first single, "Make Believe", will be released on May 12, 2015.
Discography[edit | edit source]
- "Make Believe" (2015)
|Caleb Johnson ·Jena Irene ·Alex Preston ·Jessica Meuse ·Sam Woolf ·CJ Harris ·Dexter Roberts ·Malaya Watson ·Majesty Rose ·MK Nobilette ·Ben Briley ·Emily Piriz ·Kristen O'Connor|
|Bria Anai ·Spencer Lloyd ·Malcolm Allen ·George Lovett ·Briana Oakley ·Marrialle Sellars ·Emmanuel Zidor|
|Jordan Brisbane ·Andrina Brogden ·Kenzie Hall ·Ethan Harris ·Jillian Jensen ·Briston Maroney ·Brandy Neelly ·Casey Thrasher ·Maurice Townsend ·Austin Wolfe|