Irene performing in 2014
|Birth name||Jena Irene Asciutto|
July 13, 1996 |
Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
|Genres||Alternative rock, pop rock|
|Labels||Original 1265 Recordings|
Jena Irene Asciutto, (born July 13, 1996), known professionally as Jena Irene, is an American singer from Farmington Hills, Michigan. She was the runner-up of the thirteenth season of American Idol. Irene became the first female Wild Card contestant of the series to qualify into the finale, and became the second Wild Card contestant, after Clay Aiken in the second season, to make it into the finale. In April 2015 she signed a long-term recording deal with the independent Detroit label Original 1265 Recordings.
Jena Irene Asciutto was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, on July 13, 1996 to George Asciutto and Julie (née Loiselle.) She graduated from North Farmington High School on June 8, 2014. She participated in North Farmington's annual "Coffee House" talent show, and from ages 12–16 was a member of a band called Infinity Hour, before they disbanded in February 2013, prior to her American Idol audition.
2014: American Idol
For her American Idol audition, Irene sang "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele. During the audition process, production continually called her "Jena Irene," possibly due to a mistake she made when writing down her name, as "Irene" is not her surname, but rather her middle name. Although she initially made attempts to correct her name, she eventually decided to keep the name professionally.
During the group round, she sang "Too Close" by Alex Clare, alongside Sikenya Thomson, Allie Odom, and Mufarid Zaidi. She made it into the third part of Hollywood week by singing an original song called "Unbreakable Me," which has since been released on iTunes. Irene performed the song again during her hometown visit after making it to the top 3. She was announced as the runner-up on May 21, 2014.
Performances on American Idol
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||"Rolling in the Deep"||Adele||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 1||A Capella||"Video Games"||Lana Del Rey||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 2||Group Performance||"Too Close"
with Sikenya Thompson, Allie Odom, and Munfarid Zaidi
|Hollywood Round, Part 3||Solo||"Unbreakable Me" (original composition)||Jena Irene||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 31 (10 Women)||Personal Choice||"Paint It, Black"||The Rolling Stones||4||Wild Card|
|Wild Card||Hollywood Solo||"Unbreakable Me" (original composition)||Jena Irene||2||Advanced|
|Top 13||This Is Me||"The Scientist"||Coldplay||8||Safe|
|Top 12||Home||"Suddenly I See"||KT Tunstall||1||Bottom 3|
|Top 11||Songs from the Cinema||"Decode"||Paramore||10||Safe|
|Top 10||Billboard Top 10||"Clarity"||Zedd feat. Foxes||3||Safe|
|Top 9||I'm with the Band!||"Bring Me to Life"||Evanescence feat. Paul McCoy||9||Safe|
|Top 8||Back to the Start||Duet "Just Give Me a Reason"
with Alex Preston
|Pink feat. Nate Ruess||3||Safe|
|Solo "Rolling in the Deep"||Adele||9|
|Top 8||Songs from the 1980s||Solo "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"||Arrows||1||Safe|
|Duet "It's Only Love"
with Caleb Johnson
|Bryan Adams & Tina Turner||5|
|Top 7||Competitors' Choice||Duet "Gimme Shelter"
with Caleb Johnson
|The Rolling Stones||6||Safe|
|Top 6||Rock 'n' Roll||"Barracuda"||Heart||1||Safe|
|Country||"So Small"||Carrie Underwood||10|
|Top 5||America's Requests||Trio "Best Day of My Life"
with Alex Preston & Sam Woolf
|Solo "My Body"||Young the Giant||6|
|Solo "Valerie"||Amy Winehouse||9|
|Top 4||Love Songs||"Heartbreaker"||Pat Benatar||4||Safe|
|"Bad Romance"||Lady Gaga||7|
|"Can't Help Falling in Love"||Elvis Presley||11|
|Top 3||Randy Jackson's Choice||"Titanium"||David Guetta feat. Sia||3||Safe|
|Judges' Choice||"Heart Attack"||Demi Lovato||6|
|Finale||Simon Fuller's Choice||"Dog Days Are Over"||Florence + the Machine||1||Runner-Up|
|Reprisal Song||"Can't Help Falling in Love"||Elvis Presley||3|
|Winner's Single||"We Are One"||Jena Irene||5|
In April 2015 Irene signed a record deal with Detroit-based label Original 1265 Records. She announced she will soon be releasing a new song, "Unbreakable," from her upcoming debut album, Cold Fame.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"We Are One"||2014||—||N/A|
- Releases from "American Idol"
- "Bring Me to Life"
- "Rolling in the Deep"
- "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
- "My Body"
- Sue White (February 22, 2014). "'American Idol' finalist Jena Irene Asciutto has strong Bay City ties". MLive.com.
- Shari (21 May 2014). "American Idol Jena Irene Sings ‘Ain’t It Fun’ with Paramour 5/21/14 – #Idolfinale". Have U Heard. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- "Who Is Jena Irene Asciutto? American Idol 2014 Contestant Background Info". Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- Perlman, Jake. "'Idol' Exit Interview: Runner-up Jena Irene on her name change, why she won't perform at prom -- VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 June 2014.