Jena Irene Asciutto, known professionally as Jena Irene (born July 13, 1996) 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.
Life and career
1996-13: Early Life
Jena Irene was born Jena Irene Asciutto in Farmington Hills, Michigan, on July 13, 1996. She is the daughter of George Asciutto and Julie (née Loiselle), has a younger sibling and has Italian, French and German ancestry.
2014-present: American Idol and Career beginnings
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.