An “American Idol” alum is returning to TV — but this time it’s to prepare for her wedding. Jillian Jensen, who was in the Top 24 during Season 13 — and also competed on “X Factor” in 2012 — found her dream wedding gown while filming the hit show “Say Yes To The Dress.”
Now a wedding singer and part of the country trio Amber Eyes, Jensen got engaged to fiance Clay Taranto in June 2021. The couple lives in Nashville and will marry in September, according to South Coast Today, the newspaper in her hometown of Bedford, Mass.
Jensen Freaked Out When She Met Show’s Star
After regaining her composure, she told the show’s producers, “Are you kidding me? I am so happy that Randy is here because my mother has been sending me his dresses, like, almost three times a day.”
When one of the consultants told her she’d be easy to find a dress for, Jensen told her she wasn’t so sure. As a wedding singer, she’d seen tons of gowns on other brides, but felt overwhelmed by the choices for herself. In another excerpt of the show, Jensen tried on a nearly $3,000 gown that made her feel “pretty hot,” but her dad wasn’t a fan — even though it was one of Fenoli’s designs.
Jensen told South Coast Today that she did, indeed, say “yes” to a dress: one of three gowns she tried on, all chosen by the consultants at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City, where the bride-to-be and her family filmed for five hours.
Another ‘Idol’ Alum Found Her Wedding Dress On The Show
In Oct. 2018, Miss America 2016 — Betty Cantrell — appeared on her own episode of “Say Yes To The Dress,” prior to her wedding. “Idol” fans will likely recognize Cantrell, whose married name is now Betty Maxwell. She was the Season 20 contestant who was paired with self-conscious Kelsie Dolin for a duet during Hollywood Week, and helped her come out of her shell. Though the duo made it through that round, Maxwell was eliminated from the competition during the Showstopper round.
During her episode of “Say Yes To The Dress,” the former Miss America had a very picky family alongside her, critiquing each gown. But, in the end, she also found her perfect dress — complete with a veil and earrings — that nearly brought her to tears.