Emily first gained notice when she auditioned for season 1 of The X-Factor as part of a duo called AusEm. While her partner Austin Percario continued on the show as part of an all-teen pop group called inTENsity, which finished in 12th place that season, Emily was eliminated. She then went back to school and focused her attention on both her studies and her singing, which is what she was doing when she decided to try out for Idol.
Emily, who is of Cuban descent, has named Pink and Kelly Clarkson as a couple of her musical influences.
Emily auditioned in Atlanta where she impressed the judges with her take on the Jessie J song "Mamma Knows Best". She got three yeses from the judges and made it to Hollywood where she did well. However, when she reached the top 30, her performance of "Paris (Oh La La)" by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals was criticized by judge Harry Connick, Jr. due to him feeling that the song was too racy for someone her age. However, the public felt otherwise and voted Emily through to the top 13.
For "This Is Me" week, Emily sang "Glitter In the Air" by one of her idols, Pink. The judges enjoyed her performance as did the public, who voted her through to the next week.
In the "Home" week, she sang "Let's Get Loud" by Idol judge Jennifer Lopez. It, however, ended up being her last as she was eliminated on March 6, 2014, finishing in 12th place.
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||"Mamma Knows Best"||Jessie J||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 1||A Capella||"Nothing But the Water"||Grace Potter and the Nocturnals||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 2||Group Performance||"Don't You Worry Child"||Swedish House Mafia||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 3||Solo||"Stars"||Grace Potter and the Nocturnals||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 31 (10 Women)||Personal Choice||"Paris (Ooh La La)"||Grace Potter and the Nocturnals||8||Advanced|
|Top 13||This Is Me||"Glitter in the Air"||Pink||11||Safe|
|Top 12||Home||"Let's Get Loud"||Jennifer Lopez||5||Eliminated|
Since her time on the show, Emily has been focused on her music and keeps her fans up-to-date via Twitter. She released her first single, "One of Those Nights", on November 15, 2014.
- "One of Those Nights" (2014)
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