Kristen O'Connor

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Kristen O'Connor
Birth name Kristen Danielle O'Connor
Born (1989-04-19) April 19, 1989 (age 25)
Sebastian, Florida
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupations Singer, songwriter, nursing technician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2014-present

Kristen Danielle O'Connor is an American singer from Sebastian, Florida, who placed thirteenth on the thirteenth season of American Idol.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

O'Connor attended Sebastian River High School in Sebastian, Florida, where she was a member of the choir and track and the girl's cross country team. She graduated in 2007.

O'Connor later attended The University of Central Florida, where she studied to become a nursing technician.

American Idol[edit]

O'Connor auditioned in Atlanta, Georgia. She advanced from Hollywood Week to the Top 31 women, and was selected for the Top 13 as a "Wild Card" contestant.

Controversy[edit]

During the "This Is Me" theme week, O'Connor removed her in-ear sound monitor, and was later ridiculed for her choice of doing so by Harry Connick Jr.. She went on to blame a technical issue for her choice, saying:

At all our rehearsals everything was great, and then while I was singing up there, there was a click-track that was playing through the in-ear monitor like a metronome...for someone else's song...it was off beat. It was really loud, louder than all the instrumentals, and louder than my vocal. It was extremely distracting, so I had to take it out just to get through the song.[3]

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Good Morning Heartache" Billie Holiday N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 A Capella "Nobody's Perfect" Jessie J N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance "Treasure"
with Sam Woolf and Stephanie Petronelli
Bruno Mars N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Solo "Unconditionally" Katy Perry N/A Advanced
Top 31 (10 Women) Personal Choice "Turning Tables" Adele 2 Wild Card
Wild Card Hollywood Round 3 Solo "Unconditionally" Katy Perry 5 Advanced
Top 13 This Is Me "Beautiful Disaster" Kelly Clarkson 3 Eliminated

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