- Claudia Conway, daughter of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, passed her “American Idol” rehearsal.
- After a shocking start, Conway’s performance of an Adele song impressed two judges.
- Conway has repeatedly published on TikTok about her family’s drama and political disagreement.
- Visit the Insider website for more stories.
Claudia Conway passed her “American Idol” rehearsal with an emotional performance of an Adele song when judges asked her about her stony family relationship.
The 16-year-old daughter of Kellyanne Conway, the longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, has gained massive social media through TikTok posts in which she expressed fierce disagreement with her mother’s policies.
She has also alleged abuse, since released deleted videos in January, the sound of which seemed to include her mother’s voice screaming at her.
On “American Idol,” this background obviously added weight to Judge Katy Perry’s first question, “Are you okay?”
“No,” said Conway, laughing. “No and yes.”
“It’s a lot,” she said of her high-profile – and politically divided – family. “But I only want to spread love, and I love a compromise, and I agree to disagree with my mom and dad.”
Her father is George Conway, a lawyer who co-founded the Lincoln Project, a Republican anti-Trump group.
Claudia Conway’s first performance – of Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” – did not impress the judges.
“The song you lost it,” said Perry, who then instructed Conway to take off her sparkling platform heels, which the teenager said made her nervous.
“When you sing this next song, think about when you were young and go back to that time,” Perry told Conway. “And there’s a sadness there, it’s like you lost your youth because you were not able to experience it alone without all this noise. Your father is your father, your mother is your mother. Who is Claudia?”
Adele’s “When We Were Young”, performed by a then barefoot Conway, went better and got the “yes” votes from Perry and her co-judge Lionel Richie.
“The second song was much better,” Richie said, adding that she had responded well to direction and coaching. “The fear factor left you for just a moment.”
“You have to get off your phone,” Perry said. “You need to stop reading your comments. Push it aside. Because if not, you may not ever be able to rise above your father or mother. It’s your choice.”
“I think what you’re doing right now is stepping forward and announcing who you are,” Richie said. “You chose music. I want to give you a shot at music.”
A tumultuous year
Conways audition – first published on February 6th – is a showbiz ride in her already remarkable and at times worrying rise to prominence.
The teenager, who has 1.7 million TikTok followers, has caused political waves with her anti-Trump views.
Last month Conway alleged abuse from her mother sharing two compilation videos that appear to show her mother screaming at her. Shortly afterwards, her mother’s Twitter account seemed to write a nude photo of her.
Insider has not been able to verify any of Conway’s claims, and Kellyanne Conway did not respond to Insider’s previous requests for comment.
But the Conway family presented a united front during the show “American Idol,” in which George backstage and Kellyanne showed up at the video link to cheer on his daughter.
“This is your time to shine,” Kellyanne Conway said in the video. “But remember, honey, winners are people who are willing to lose.”
Perry went on to investigate Claudia’s relationship with her mother and asked, “Is she still hugging you?”
“She loves me, I love her, I just feel like our relationship is a little weak,” Claudia replied. “Most of my life my emotions had been suppressed, so then I got social media and I was like, evenly, cursed. Now my voice is heard. You know that?”
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