|Jena Irene Asciutto|
Irene in 2014
|Also known as||Jena Irene|
|Born||July 13, 1996|
Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
|Genres||Alternative rock, pop rock|
|Labels||Original 1265 Recordings|
Jena Irene Asciutto (born July 13, 1996), also known as Jena Irene, is an American singer from Farmington Hills, Michigan. She was the runner-up of the thirteenth season of American Idol. Asciutto 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. Asciutto released her debut EP, Innocence, on April 22, 2016.
In 2014, Asciutto lasted 14 consecuitive weeks on Vote for the Girls before she was defeated by villain pick Caleb Johnson.
During her first run of Vote for the Girls, Asciutto earned the record for the highest number votes. Her total was surpassed by Danielle Bradbery, who defeated Asciutto in the finals of the Vote for the Girls Ultimate Pick and the Vote for the Girls 10th Anniverseary tournament. Her total was surpassed by Bradbery, who defeated Asciutto in the finals of the Vote for the Girls Ultimate Pick. In 2020, she once again faced off and won against Bradbery, as well as Maelyn Jarmon and Nick Fradiani, in a special primetime series called Vote for the Girls: The Greatest of All Time.
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 it disbanded in February 2013, prior to her American Idol audition.
2014: American Idol
While on American Idol, she performed under the shortened name of Jena Irene. For her American Idol audition, Asciutto 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. Asciutto 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|
2014-present: Innocence and Cold Fame
In April 2015, Asciutto signed a record deal with Detroit-based label Original 1265 Records. In October 2015, the music video for "Unbreakable" was released. The single would later be on both debut EP, Innocence, which was released on April 22, 2016, and her album, Cold Fame, was released in late 2016. The music video for the second single, "Innocence", was released on April 20, 2016. On April 22, 2016, "You Gotta Help Me", was featured in the Billboard.com Editors' Picks.
|Title||Album details|| Peak|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"We Are One"||2014||—||N/A|
|"Unbreakable"||2016||—||Innocence and Cold Fame|
|"You Gotta Help Me"||—|
- Releases from "American Idol"
- "Bring Me to Life"
- "Rolling in the Deep"
- "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
- "My Body"
|"Floating Down the River"||2017|
|"So I Get High"||2017|
- 'Idol' finalist Jena Irene signs record deal with Detroit label. Retrieved on January 18, 2020.
- "‘Vote for the Girls’ All-Time Top Fan Supporters To Face Off In Primetime Tourney: Fradiani, Jarmon, Asciutto & Bradbery" (in en). November 18, 2019.
- Sue White (February 22, 2014). "'American Idol' finalist Jena Irene Asciutto has strong Bay City ties". MLive.com. http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/bay-city/index.ssf/2014/02/american_idol_xiii_finalist_je.html.
- Shari (21 May 2014). American Idol Jena Irene Sings 'Ain't It Fun' with Paramour 5/21/14 – #Idolfinale. Have U Heard. Retrieved on 24 May 2014.
- Who Is Jena Irene Asciutto? American Idol 2014 Contestant Background Info. Retrieved on 16 June 2014.
- 'Idol' Exit Interview: Runner-up Jena Irene on her name change, why she won't perform at prom -- VIDEO. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 14 June 2014.
- Archived copy.
- Blog. Retrieved on 2015-11-03.
- Jena Irene Asciutto (@JenaAsciutto1) | Twitter.
- See what 'American Idol' runner-up Jena Irene Asciutto is up to now (February 2016).