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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[]

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[]

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 "This Is Me" week, MK sang "Satisfaction" by Allan Stone. However, she ended up in the bottom 3 with Malaya Watson and Kristen O'Connor. MK, along with Malaya, avoided elimination.

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[]

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
Lorde Advanced
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[]

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[]

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[]

Singles:

  • "Make Believe" (2015)


Season 13
Finalists
 ·Caleb Johnson ·Jena Irene ·Alex Preston ·Jessica Meuse ·Sam Woolf ·C.J. Harris ·Dexter Roberts ·Malaya Watson ·Majesty Rose ·MK Nobilette ·Ben Briley ·Emily Piriz ·Kristen O'Connor
Semifinalists
 ·Bria Anai ·Spencer Lloyd ·Malcolm Allen ·George Lovett ·Briana Oakley ·Marrialle Sellars ·Emmanuel Zidor
Quarterfinalists
 ·Jordan Brisbane ·Andrina Brogden ·Kenzie Hall ·Ethan Harris ·Jillian Jensen ·Briston Maroney ·Brandy Neelly ·Casey Thrasher ·Maurice Townsend ·Austin Wolfe ·Neco Starr
American Idol
Seasons
(FOX) ·1 ·2 ·3 ·4 ·5 ·6 ·7 ·8 ·9 ·10 ·11 ·12 ·13 ·14 ·15 — (ABC) ·16 ·17 ·18 ·19 ·20 ·21 ·22
Judges
 ·Simon Cowell (Seasons 1-9) ·Paula Abdul (Seasons 1-8) ·Randy Jackson (Seasons 1-12)
 ·Kara DioGuardi (Seasons 8-9) ·Ellen DeGeneres (Season 9) ·Jennifer Lopez (Seasons 10-11|13-15)
 ·Steven Tyler (Seasons 10-11) ·Nicki Minaj (Season 12) ·Mariah Carey (Season 12) ·Keith Urban (Seasons 12-15)
 ·Harry Connick, Jr. (Seasons 13-15) ·Katy Perry (Seasons 16-22) ·Lionel Richie (Seasons 16+) ·Luke Bryan (Seasons 16+)
Personnel
 ·Ryan Seacrest (Seasons 1+) ·Brian Dunkleman (Season 1) ·Simon Fuller (Seasons 1-15) ·Nigel Lythgoe (Seasons 1-7/10-12) ·Megan Wolflick (Seasons 14+) ·Jimmy Iovine (Seasons 10-12) ·Scott Borchetta (Seasons 14-15) ·Bobby Bones (Seasons 16-19) ·Rickey Minor (Seasons 4-9/13-15) ·Ray Chew (Seasons 10-12) ·Kristopher Pooley (Seasons 16+) ·Michael Orland (Seasons 1-17) ·Debra Byrd (Seasons 1-10|) ·Peggi Blu (Seasons 10-11) ·Peisha McPhee (Seasons 10-13) ·Adriana McPhee (Seasons 17+) ·Devin Velez (S12; Seasons 22+) ·Allison Iraheta (S8; Seasons 13-15) ·Felicia Barton (S8; Seasons 16+)
Winners
 ·Kelly Clarkson ·Ruben Studdard ·Fantasia Barrino ·Carrie Underwood ·Taylor Hicks ·Jordin Sparks ·David Cook
 ·Kris Allen ·Lee DeWyze ·Scotty McCreery ·Phillip Phillips ·Candice Glover ·Caleb Johnson ·Nick Fradiani
 ·Trent Harmon ·Maddie Poppe ·Laine Hardy ·Just Sam ·Chayce Beckham ·Noah Thompson ·Iam Tongi ·Abi Carter
Runners-Up
 ·Justin Guarini ·Clay Aiken ·Diana DeGarmo ·Bo Bice ·Katharine McPhee ·Blake Lewis ·David Archuleta ·Adam Lambert ·Crystal Bowersox ·Lauren Alaina ·Jessica Sanchez ·Kree Harrison ·Jena Irene ·Clark Beckham ·La'Porsha Renae ·Caleb Lee Hutchinson ·Alejandro Aranda ·Arthur Gunn ·Willie Spence () ·HunterGirl ·Megan Danielle ·Will Moseley
Notable Alumni
 ·Alex Lambert ·Alex Preston ·Allegra Miles ·Angie Miller ·Anilee List ·Anoop Desai ·Beane ·Benson Boone ·Briston Maroney
 ·Brooke White ·Carly Smithson ·Casey Abrams ·Casey Bishop ·Cassandra Coleman ·Chris Daughtry ·Colton Dixon ·Danny Gokey ·David Brown ·DeAndre Brackensick ·Elise Testone ·Elliott Yamin ·Francisco Martin ·Fritz Hager ·Gabby Barrett
 ·Grace Kinstler ·Graham DeFranco ·Haley Reinhart ·Hollie Cavanagh ·Hunter Metts ·Jack Blocker ·Jacob Lusk
 ·James Durbin ·JAX ·Jen Hirsh ·Jennifer Hudson ·Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon ·Jessica Meuse ·Jimmie Allen ·Joey Cook
 ·Josh Gracin ·Joshua Ledet ·Jurnee ·Kaibrienne ·Katie Stevens ·Kayla Mickelsen ·Kellie Pickler ·Laci Kaye Booth ·LaToya London ·Lauren Daigle ·Lauren Spencer-Smith ·Leah Marlene ·Margie Mays ·Mario Vázquez ·Mary Jo Young ·Matt Giraud
 ·Megan Joy ·Melinda Doolittle ·Michael J. Woodard ·Nadia Turner ·Naima Adedapo ·Nikko Smith ·Paris Bennett
 ·Paul McDonald ·Phil Stacey ·Quentin Alexander ·Rayvon Owen ·Ricky Braddy ·Sanjaya Malakar ·Shubha Vedula ·Skylar Laine ·Sophia Wackerman ·Tamyra Gray ·Tim Halperin ·Todrick Hall ·Tori Kelly ·Vonzell Solomon ·Wé Ani ·Zachariah Smith
Coronation Songs
 ·"A Moment Like This" ·"Flying Without Wings" ·"I Believe" ·"Inside Your Heaven" ·"Do I Make You Proud?"
 ·"This Is My Now" ·"The Time of My Life" ·"No Boundaries" ·"Beautiful Day" ·"I Love You This Big" ·"Home"
 ·"I Am Beautiful" ·"As Long as You Love Me" ·"Beautiful Life" ·"Falling" ·"Going, Going, Gone"
 ·"Flame" ·"Rise Up" ·"23" ·"One Day Tonight" ·"I'll Be Seeing You" ·"This Isn't Over"
R.†.P.
 ·Nikki McKibbin ·Rickey Smith ·Leah LaBelle ·Marque Lynche ·Mandisa ·Michael Johns ·Joanne Borgella ·C.J. Harris
 ·Alexis Cohen ·Austin Sisneros ·Jairon Jackson ·Mary Iaconelli ·Paula Goodspeed
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