Is American Idol taking advantage of 16-year-old Claudia Conway? That is the question many are discussing on social media on Monday after the outspoken critic and daughter of Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway appeared on ABC’s reality program. Claudia landed a coveted spot in the renamed season four premiere (also known as Season 19), playing two songs for the judges: Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan. First Claudia sang Rihanna’s “Love On The Brain”, but Katy Perry wanted her to start over and really connect with the song. Claudia explained that she felt uncomfortable in her shoes and Katy encouraged her to take them off. Claudia took off her shoes and then sang Adele’s “When we were young”.
It seems this was going to be a straight audition, but social media erupted in controversy after Claudia’s performance, her appearance on the show, and the judges’ handling of the teen.
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Claudia became a sensation on social media when she talked about her mother’s role in Donald Trump’s administration through her TikTok account. She then made headlines for her videos, which included home footage of fights with her mother. Kellyannes and Claudias Hausspats went viral and at some point she wanted emancipation.
Now many are asking if the drama surrounding Claudia is the real reason she is on the show.
Kellyanne did not accompany Claudia to the audition, but sent her daughter a special message in the live video.
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Claudia Conway filmed her audition in fall 2020.
you can see Claudia Conway‘s american idol Audition below.
ABC promoted Claudia Conway’s appearance on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and on television. After the premiere, Claudia’s audition became the second best video on YouTube and it was a top trending on Twitter. Some believe this was ABC’s intent and they accuse the network of taking advantage of the girl for ratings.
Katy Perry encouraged Claudia to focus on her music by drowning out the noise of social media and the comments of those who want to use it for politics. Luke Bryan didn’t think Claudia was ready and voted no, but Katy Perry and Lionel Richie gave Hollywood the go-ahead.
Claudia also talked about her excitement about being on the show.
In her own words, @claudiamconwayy reveals her love for music and reflects @ katyperry’s career advice to cut out the noise! 🙅♀️🔊 #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/X0asa37aXS
– American Idol (@AmericanIdol) February 15, 2021
What do you think about Claudia Conway’s American Idol audition? Do you think ABC is taking advantage of your situation to provide ratings?