‘American Idol’: Former Contestant Josh ‘JDA’ Davila Is Now A Woman

"I feel like I am ready to do something different that I didn’t get to do last year"

Jaidah Christina Davila

One of AMERICAN IDOL’s most memorable boys is now a girl.

Josh “JDA” Davila was among the show’s first out and proud contestants back in season 12, making it all the way to the semi-finals in Las Vegas.

Since then, Josh has become Jaidah Christina, found a new love and landed a dream singing job at Chicago’s biggest Trans-friendly nightclub.

“I am not just crossdressing anymore,” she tells me. “I am not this gay, feminine boy. I am actually now on hormone replacement therapy. I have been for a year and a half.”


“I don’t even recognize the person that I used to be on IDOL.”

Jaidah tells me she began the transition to womanhood in August 2013 and has been injecting herself twice a week ever since.

“Because I was born a boy, my genes and my body naturally creates testosterone,” she says. “So I need to put a stop to that. If this is something I want to do, then hormone replacement therapy is something I have to do for the rest of my life.”

The talented singer — who celebrated her 30th birthday on New Year’s Day — shared more about her musical aspirations and life-changing transition in an exclusive interview with TheTVPage.com.

Q: Aren’t there surgical procedures that can make you more womanly overnight?
JD: If I had all the money in the world, I would definitely consider certain expensive surgeries that are available to us Trans women who want to feminize ourselves a little more. But when I look in the mirror, I see someone very, very feminine already. I translate well to a woman. I haven’t had any cosmetic procedures whatsoever.


I am good where I am at right now. Yes, I do get insecure. And yes, I do think about wanting to make an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon. But it is not going to happen unless I win the lottery. So it is not something I chose to focus on because it is not available to me right now.

But isn’t all the hormone treatment very expensive?
Actually it’s not. For a while, the government was paying for it. But then they put a halt to that. I just paid for my first hormones that are going to last me for four months without the government helping me. But that is okay because I have a job and I can afford it.

You finally came out to your mom as being a Trans woman a few months ago. How did she not know what was going on?
She knew that I was cross dressing and wearing makeup and heels and being this very feminine person. She didn’t know that I was injecting myself two times a week. She didn’t know that I was altering my DNA, my biological make up. She just thought that I was cross dressing and being happy. So I had to hide a little bit from her. I told everyone but her and that suddenly hit me that that wasn’t fair for her to be left out.

Jaidah Christina Davila is recognized by Social Security

Was everyone in your family on board with the transition?
I have a gay uncle, who I am not going to name. When he started seeing on my Facebook that I was wanting to be called “her” and “she” instead of “him,” he stopped hitting me up and that really hurt my feelings.

Has the transition helped you meet any guys?
I have someone very special in my life. The person I am with currently, who I hold very close to my heart, respects me and loves me. When he found out about my whole AMERICAN IDOL adventure, I was devastated. I met him as a woman, but he didn’t know anything about my past. It was hot and heavy when he and I met and continued for a while like that. So when he found out about that I was very devastated. But it’s a year later and we are still seeing each other.

What was life like for you after AMERICAN IDOL?
After IDOL I had to come back to selling cosmetics and living my androgynous life and accepting the fact that I had just been on national television. There was all this love but then it quickly started fading away. I started focusing on my transition and I lost focus on my music. So things didn’t work out for me the way I probably dreamed that I wanted it to. Which is why — even though I know I am still very special and I have that small exposure on television under my belt — I still feel a little mediocre now with that passing and me not being relevant and not doing anything about it.

Do you think your appearance or sexuality hurt you on IDOL?
I don’t think so. I think they knew that I was a force to be reckoned with, but were so fixated and stuck on the fact that they wanted a female Idol. They knew that from the beginning and we all gossiped about that.

Would you ever consider going on a different talent show?
No. I don’t think I would want to audition again. I kind of just want to focus on my transition. Sometimes these things work out for people and sometimes they don’t. In my case, it didn’t. I just don’t have the dedication and the patience to focus on that. Instead I would rather channel that and focus it on myself individually.

Will you watch the new season of IDOL?
No. I was totally anti-IDOL after I was on it. I was traumatized psychologically by being on TV and having something in the palm of my hands and then having it taken away. That really messed me up for a while.

It’s crazy because even though I put a halt to it and I am very underground, I am practicing my craft still every weekend working at a night club singing for a very, very small audience. I feel like even though I am not this very big person, I am still getting to do what I love to do. Now, I feel like I am ready to do something different that I didn’t get to do last year.

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

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