|Birth name||Kristen Danielle O'Connor|
April 19, 1989 |
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, nursing technician|
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.
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.
|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
|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|
- 'American Idol' eliminee Kristen O'Connor: I had what it takes to make the Top 2 - Reality TV World
- 'American Idol': Kristen O'Connor Ditched Her In-Ear Device
- 'American Idol' recap: Kristen O'Connor goes home ... smiling - latimes.com
- Eliminated 'Idol': Not shocked, 'just disappointed'
- 'American Idol' Recap: Watch Candice Glover Return To The Stage | MTV.com
- 'Idol' exit interview: First eliminated contestant speaks | Inside TV | EW.com
- 'American Idol' Castoff Social Chat: Kristen O'Connor Reveals Her Secret, Non-Singing Talent | Yahoo TV - Yahoo TV
- News: American Idol's Kristen O'Connor: "Beautiful Disaster" Wasn't My First Choice - seattlepi.com
- McRoberts, Meghan. "Kristen O'Connor: American Idol contestant from Sebastian to perform in top 13". WPTV-TV. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- Sangalang, Jennifer. "'American Idol' auditions July 20 in Tallahassee". Florida Today. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- "The Hollywood Reporter".
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