Jena Asciutto

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Jena Irene Asciutto
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Irene in 2014
Background information
Also known as Jena Irene
Born July 13, 1996 (1996-07-13) (age 27)
Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
Genres Alternative rock, pop rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2014–present
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.[1] 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.[2]

Early life[edit]

Jena Irene Asciutto was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, on July 13, 1996 to George Asciutto and Julie (née Loiselle.)[3] She graduated from North Farmington High School on June 8, 2014.[4] 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.[5]


2014: American Idol[edit]

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.[6]

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[edit]

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
Alex Clare N/A Advanced
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
Solo "Creep" Radiohead 10
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
American Authors 3 Safe
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
Hometown's Choice "Creep" Radiohead 9
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[edit]

Irene 2014

Asciutto took part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 from June 24 through August 24, 2014. She began work on her debut album immediately after the show as well.[7]

In April 2015, Asciutto signed a record deal with Detroit-based label Original 1265 Records.[1] In October 2015, the music video for "Unbreakable" was released.[8] 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.[9][10] The music video for the second single, "Innocence", was released on April 20, 2016.[citation needed] On April 22, 2016, "You Gotta Help Me", was featured in the Editors' Picks.[citation needed]


Extended plays[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak
Innocence 18
Cold Fame
  • Released: June 2, 2017
  • Label:Original 1265
  • Format:CD, Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"We Are One" 2014 N/A
"Unbreakable" 2016 Innocence and Cold Fame
"Innocence" Innocence
"You Gotta Help Me"
Releases from "American Idol"

Music videos[edit]

Title Year
"Unbreakable" 2015
"Innocence" 2016
"Floating Down the River" 2017
"So I Get High" 2017


External links[edit]

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