Vicci Martinez, the 26-year-old openly lesbian contestant on NBC's reality contest The Voice, says returning to the closet for the duration of the show was never an option.

Martinez is among the four gay contestants vying to win NBC's challenger to Fox's 10-year-old hit American Idol. Also gay are Tyler Robinson, Nakia and Beverly McClellan.

The Seattle resident landed a spot on Cee Lo's team after she wowed the judges with her rendition of Adele's We Could Have Had It All.

Unlike several previous contestants on American Idol, Martinez says she never considered hiding her sexuality.

“I'm not going to hide it,” Martinez told lesbian entertainment website “I've been very public about it and I've had people say, 'Well, why don't you just keep them guessing?' You can hit all the markets.' No. Especially if you're with somebody; it's so disrespectful. It was hard for me coming out to my parents. And for me, I've already gone through that hurdle, and I'm not going to go through it again.”