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[COMMENTARY] Twitter Drags Kellyanne Conway’s “American Idol” Appearance

[COMMENTARY] Twitter Drags Kellyanne Conway’s “American Idol” Appearance

Back in February, Claudia Conway’s audition on the American Idol Season 19 premiere drew immediate outrage. Many livid viewers and pundits accused the show of exploiting a vulnerable young girl and her “family drama” for ratings, as well as being complicit in helping Kellyanne Conway, the problematic former White House senior counselor and Claudia’s allegedly abusive mother, rehabilitate her post-Trump public image.

Just two days after the controversial season premiere, it was reported that ABC executives had been “blindsided” by this intense criticism, had gone into “crisis mode,” and were already rethinking how they are going to position Claudia and Kellyanne with promotion. They were “big on putting Claudia in all of the promos, but now they are thinking of not putting as much focus on that… to not make as big a deal of her being on the show and focus on other contestants” according to reports. If you’re reading that as “Well, we were going to exploit the hell out of a marginally talented teenager, but now we can’t do that, dammit”, you’re not reading it incorrectly.


Both Kellyanne and George Conway appeared on the February episode where Claudia’s shaky audition showcased some cringeworthy family moments, as well as her not-quite-ready for Hollywood voice. But what Claudia lacks in vocal strength, she makes up for in ratings by delivering her parents, aka the Florida amateur dinner theater version of Carville and Matalin.

Kellyanne Conway embarrasses her daughter Claudia on 'American Idol.' (Photo: ABC)

What we have here is a girl with some raw singing talent who’d be great in the chorus of the high school musicals and at karaoke parties. The producers of “American Idol” know Claudia Conway isn’t going to be in their Top Ten, but they’ll be happy to wring her family drama dry for as long as they can.

You can watch Claudia’s appearance below, but just remember, she’s no Kelly Clarkson.






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