Kristen OConnor

Kristen OConnor

Kristen OConnorKristen Danielle O’Connor is an American singer from Sebastian, Florida, who placed thirteenth on the thirteenth season of American Idol.

Early life

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

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.

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