The elimination of MK Nobilette on the March 20 episode of ‘American Idol’ was incredibly emotional for not only MK’s fanbase but the judges, too! Jennifer Lopez nearly burst into tears and Harry Connick Jr. shared some heartfelt words with MK about her career after the show wrapped. Read on to find out what he said!
Judging from the comments section on last night’s recap, the elimination of MK Nobilette on March 20 really resonated with the American Idol audience. We knew that her elimination would hit her fans hard, and many are placing the blame squarely on Harry Connick Jr.! However, judging by the advice that he gave MK after the show, maybe he wasn’t the holdout keeping the judges from using their save on her. Read on for our interview with MK and to find out how Harry encouraged her burgeoning music career!
‘American Idol’: Harry Connick Jr. Told MK Nobilette To ‘Never Give Up’
We won’t lie: it definitely looked like Harry was the holdout on the judges’ save last night. Jennifer Lopez, basically in tears, looked to Harry when Ryan Seacrest asked whether or not the judges would use their save, as if she was imploring him to change his mind. But maybe it was Keith Urban! Maybe it was JLo herself, so upset because she was conflicted about not wanting to use the save — who knows! We sure don’t. But what we do know, thanks to an interview with MK after the show, is that Harry had nothing but good things to say to her.
‘American Idol’: Post-Elimination Q&A With MK Nobilette
Q: We’re sad to see you go!
MK: I’m not. [Laughter] I’m happy. This was my goal! My goal was to make Top 10. I made summer tour; I’ll be back. This was not it.
Q: Last night we could see you were visibly upset. How was having to deal with that?
MK: I mean, it kind of sucked. [Laughs]
Q: You handled it really well. You recovered and kept it going.
MK: Yeah, when I say it sucked I don’t mean the performance, I mean just the whole night kind of sucked. I definitely did the worst I think out of everybody because I fumbled so hard. Even so, like I said, I wanted to make top ten, I wanted to make summer tour and I did. So I’m happy.
Q: How did you feel about your performance tonight?
MK: I have to rewatch it. I was sort of in a mood, so I don’t know what it sounded like. [Laughs] I wasn’t really there for it… I was there for it, but I wasn’t there for it, so I don’t know how it sounded. It felt good. I felt really good, so hopefully it sounded really good too.
Q: What did the judges say to you after?
MK: Only Harry came up and said something. Harry said that I’m an amazing musician and I should never give up and that he really encourages me to make an album. He’s amazing and I’m really happy. He was the first one to say yes to me at the very first audition, so he’s been on my side the whole time.
Q: He was championing your voice all through the competition.
MK: I appreciate him. He’s, I think, one of the realest musicians alive. I think that he’s the only one that’s not afraid to tell you what’s wrong and the one piece of advice that I’m always going to carry with me from American Idol – I’m sure that was a question – was definitely when he said that I didn’t want to be there. I’m always going to ask myself before I sing now, ‘Do you want to be here?’ So I have something to prove and something to show.
Q: What are you going to miss least about the competition?
MK: What am I going to miss the least? Oh my God, this is so hard, so many! No, just kidding.
Q: Early wake-up calls, 16-hour days…
MK: Tomorrow I have to get up at 5, so… I guess being away from home, at least for now. Tour will be easy because it’ll be constant fun for me. Everything where we’re singing is the greatest time ever, and then when we’re not singing and just back at the hotel we have so many rules and so many things we can’t do that it’s hard to know when something’s okay and not, so I think it’s that.
Q: What’s next aside from going home, seeing your family? What do you want to do now?
MK: After all this is over – I mean, I’m still on their contract so I can’t really do very much right now – I want to go to Seattle and play gigs there. I really want to go to Seattle.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers and MK fans? Still mad at Harry? Will you be following MK’s every post-Idol move? Don’t forget — Jennifer Hudson was eliminated from the Top 7 in American Idol season 3, and she is doing juuust fine. Be sure to vote and comment below!
— Reporting by Russ Weakland, Written by Amanda Michelle Steiner