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'American Idol' 13: Jena Irene is happy the judges can finally pronounce her name

It's finally happened: The "American Idol" judges and host Ryan Seacrest have finally gone an entire week without mispronouncing the name of newly announced Top 13 finalist Jena Irene (formerly known as Jena Asciutto). Thanks to the less-than-common spelling, Asciutto was so frequently referred to as "Jenna" instead of "Gina" that half of her segments throughout the preliminary rounds featured her trying to politely correct people on the pronunciation. "Especially on Twitter it's really funny because people hate on how my name's spelled. They're like, 'You should probably stop telling people to pronounce your name right because it's getting really annoying,'" she tells Zap2it after making the Top 13. "I'm like, 'Well, it's my name!' I want people to say it right and it's not my fault. I didn't have any say in how my name was going to be spelled. I love my name!" It got so bad that Jena has decided to... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/american-idol-13-jena-irene-is-happy-the-judges-can-finally-pronounce-her-name.html

'American Idol's' first openly gay contestant MK Nobilette 'proud to be a role model'

Even before landing a spot in the "American Idol" Top 13, MK Nobilette made history: She's the first openly gay contestant to appear on the show. Sure, there have been gay contestants before (Adam Lambert, anyone?), but no one before Nobilette ever spoke about their sexuality on the show. "I didn't intend for it to be blown up, but I'm not opposed," Nobilette tells Zap2it after America voted her in to the Season 13 Top 13. "I am very proud to be a role model to younger queer people. I've gotten a lot of positive feedback and it's actually turned out for the better. I see no reason to hide it. I'm proud to be gay and I don't see why that would be something to hide." The only reason it came up, though, was because the judges mentioned that she was very different from the other contestants in the competition. "They had pointed... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/american-idols-first-openly-gay-contestant-mk-nobilette-proud-to-be-a-role-model.html

'American Idol': C.J. Harris, Jena Irene and Kristen O'Connor on Wild Card stress

If "American Idol's" very first Rush Week weren't nerve-wracking enough, five contestants had to go through the process again on Thursday night as they sang for a Wild Card spot in the Top 13. Ultimately, the judges chose family man C.J. Harris, Detroit teenager Jena Irene and nurse Kristen O'Connor to round out Season 13's finalists. "I was sitting on the couch next to so many incredible singers. I was kind of preparing myself knowing that it could go either way but I was really hoping that I would be one of the names called," O'Connor tells Zap2it on the blue carpet at the Top 13 finalists party in Los Angeles Feb. 20. She was happy with her previous feedback, saying, "The judges had so many good things to say about me after my performance the other night." O'Connor continues, "They said 'You have to really fight for it' so when I walked up there... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/if-american-idols-very-first.html

'American Idol' Top 13: Were the Wildcard Performances Fair? (Video)

Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez discuss the stress of Thursday's live show, and Randy Jackson reflects on his new role as mentor.            //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/V-8-TIEp5AU/story01.htm

American Idol 2014 Judges Dish About Season 13: “We Have A Great Time” (VIDEO)

If you’ve wondered whether the on-screen chemistry between the American Idol judges this season is the real deal, wonder no more. The three musketeers and irreplaceable host Ryan Seacrest chatted up Entertainment Tonight’s Rob Marciano, and they couldn’t have gushed about one another more. “They’re professional … they’re down to earth. They value what’s important in life and we have a great time here,” Harry Connick, Jr. said of fellow judgesKeith Urban and Jennifer Lopez. Ryan seconded that... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/YY485HB5G2o/2014-02-21-ryan-seacrest-judges-season-13

American Idol 2014: Watch Kristen O’Connor Sing “Unconditionally” For a Season 13 Wildcard Spot

We’ve made it through audition cities, Hollywood Round, and the all-new Rush Week — now the moment we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! It’s time to learn which of the American Idol Season 13 contestants have earned themselves a place in the finals! First to be announced are the Top 5 Girls and Top 5 Guys which America voted for after watching hours of performances earlier this week. The lucky ten to take a seat on the stools are (drumroll please!): Malaya Watson, Ben Briley, Emily... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/xXZuwDuN1cA/2014-02-20-watch-kristen-oconnor-sing-unconditionally-1

American Idol 2014: Watch CJ Harris Perform For a Season 13 Wildcard Spot

We’ve made it through audition cities, Hollywood Round, and the all-new Rush Week — now the moment we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! It’s time to learn which of the American Idol Season 13 contestants have earned themselves a place in the finals! First to be announced are the Top 5 Girls and Top 5 Guys which America voted for after watching hours of performances earlier this week. The lucky ten to take a seat on the stools are (drumroll please!): Malaya Watson, Ben Briley, Emily... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/DLupWh9V1Vg/2014-02-20-cj-harris-wildcard-performance

American Idol 2014: Who Are the Top 13 Contestants of Season 13?

After a month of watching audition cities, Hollywood Round, and the all-new Rush Week, the moment we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! It’s time to learn which of the American Idol Season 13 contestants have earned themselves a place in the finals! First to be announced are the Top 5 Girls and Top 5 Guys which America voted for after watching their performances earlier this week. The lucky ten to take a seat on the stools are (drumroll please!): Malaya Watson, Ben Briley, Emily Piriz,... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/E-MrEZVwcaA/2014-02-20-who-are-top-13-contestants

American Idol 2014: Watch Jena Irene Perform an Original Song For a Season 13 Wildcard Spot

We’ve made it through audition cities, Hollywood Round, and the all-new Rush Week — now the moment we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! It’s time to learn which of the American Idol Season 13 contestants have earned themselves a place in the finals! First to be announced are the Top 5 Girls and Top 5 Guys which America voted for after watching hours of performances earlier this week. The lucky ten to take a seat on the stools are (drumroll please!): Malaya Watson, Ben Briley, Emily... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/BxRgPAMt0oE/2014-02-20-jena-irene-original-song-wildcard

American Idol: The Top 13 Revealed

  And then there were 13. American Idol named its Top 13 of Season 13 Thursday night, with viewer votes and judges' wild cards determining who ended up among the finalists from a pool of 10 guys and 10 girls who were selected earlier this week.   Read More...     //www.tvguide.com/News/American-Idol-Top-13-Rush-Week-1078020.aspx?rss=breakingnews