UPDATE FEB. 14: A week after ABC teased Claudia Conway’s audition in the season premiere of American Idol and a day after the teen lowered expectations by saying on social media that she was not happy with how she did, viewers got to see for themselves tonight.
The audition indeed was not a runaway success, and judge Katy Perry had to stop Conway in the middle of her performance to ask her to try a different song. After some discussion over the teen’s “limited range,” judge Luke Bryan gave her a “no” but “yes”es from Perry and Lionel Richie sent Conway to Hollywood, much to the delight to her famous parents who both make an appearance. Watch the full video above.
UPDATED: Days before the American Idol premiere on Sunday, Claudia Conway revealed that she is “not happy” with her audition for the long-running singing competition show. Ahead of the series’ season 19 premiere, which will touch on the social media figure’s relationship with her mother Kellyanne Conway, the 16 year-old singer shared her feelings about her audition on TikTok.
“Disclaimer that i am not happy w my idol audition,” she captioned the short video, posted on Friday. “I was so nervous and sick so im just giving everyone a little heads up ok.”
A day after she posted the TikTok, Conway got on Instagram live to answer fans’ questions about her time on the show. She explained how she first got involved with the ABC series and said that it was her choice to join the show.
“I chose to go out there for myself and make a name out there for myself,” she said.
In between questions about the audition process and the show’s airtime, a fan asked whether Conway thought the ABC show was “using” her mother’s controversial standing and their contentious relationship for viewership and publicity.
“In my eyes I don’t think they did. But even if they did that is show business,” she said.
PREVIOUSLY on February 8: Claudia Conway hopes to win the hearts of American Idol judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie in a new promo for the long-running singing competition show.
The 16-year-old daughter of controversial Donald Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway and The Lincoln Project co-founder George Conway auditions to win golden ticket to Hollywood in the teaser.
“I’m very excited. I’m Claudia Conway,” she introduces herself in the promo. “My parents are high profile political figures.”
The aspiring singer revealed that she would audition for American Idol soon after she went viral last year for her TikTok videos that featured her controversial mother. In the various viral videos the 16-year-old revealed her mother’s Covid-19 diagnosis, captured Kellyanne Conway mother seemingly cursing at her and more. Upon her TikToks, the younger Conway sought to emancipate from her parents, both of whom can be seen in the American Idol promo below.
American Idol will return for its nineteenth season on Sunday.
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) February 9, 2021
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