Jena Irene Asciutto also known 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. 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.[2] Asciutto released her debut EP, Innocence, on April 22, 2016.

Early life

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 they disbanded in February 2013, prior to her American Idol audition.[5]


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.[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

EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrderResult
AuditionAuditioner's Choice"Rolling in the Deep"AdeleN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1A Capella"Video Games"Lana Del ReyN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group Performance"Too Close"
with Sikenya Thompson, Allie Odom, and Munfarid Zaidi
Alex ClareN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3Solo"Unbreakable Me" (original composition)Jena IreneN/AAdvanced
Top 31 (10 Women)Personal Choice"Paint It, Black"The Rolling Stones4Wild Card
Wild CardHollywood Solo"Unbreakable Me" (original composition)Jena Irene2Advanced
Top 13This Is Me"The Scientist"Coldplay8Safe
Top 12Home"Suddenly I See"KT Tunstall1Bottom 3
Top 11Songs from the Cinema"Decode"Paramore10Safe
Top 10Billboard Top 10"Clarity"Zedd feat. Foxes3Safe
Top 9I'm with the Band!"Bring Me to Life"Evanescence feat. Paul McCoy9Safe
Top 8Back to the StartDuet "Just Give Me a Reason"
with Alex Preston
Pink feat. Nate Ruess3Safe
Solo "Rolling in the Deep"Adele9
Top 8Songs from the 1980sSolo "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"Arrows1Safe
Duet "It's Only Love"
with Caleb Johnson
Bryan Adams & Tina Turner5
Top 7Competitors' ChoiceDuet "Gimme Shelter"
with Caleb Johnson
The Rolling Stones6Safe
Solo "Creep"Radiohead10
Top 6Rock 'n' Roll"Barracuda"Heart1Safe
Country"So Small"Carrie Underwood10
Top 5America's RequestsTrio "Best Day of My Life"
with Alex Preston & Sam Woolf
American Authors3Safe
Solo "My Body"Young the Giant6
Solo "Valerie"Amy Winehouse9
Top 4Love Songs"Heartbreaker"Pat Benatar4Safe
"Bad Romance"Lady Gaga7
"Can't Help Falling in Love"Elvis Presley11
Top 3Randy Jackson's Choice"Titanium"David Guetta feat. Sia3Safe
Judges' Choice"Heart Attack"Demi Lovato6
Hometown's Choice"Creep"Radiohead9
FinaleSimon Fuller's Choice"Dog Days Are Over"Florence + the Machine1Runner-Up
Reprisal Song"Can't Help Falling in Love"Elvis Presley3
Winner's Single"We Are One"Jena Irene5

2014-present: Innocence and Cold Fame

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.[2] 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 upcoming album, Cold Fame, which will be released in late 2016.[9][11] 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 Editors' Picks.


Extended plays

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
TitleAlbum detailsPeak


TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"We Are One"2014N/A
"Unbreakable"2016Innocence and Cold Fame
Releases from "American Idol"

Music videos