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Claudia Conway advances on ‘American Idol,’ parents Kellyanne, George appear

Claudia Conway, the 16-year-old daughter of former Trump White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and anti-Trump attorney George Conway, made her debut as a contestant on “American Idol” over the weekend, earning advancement to the next round from the show’s panel of judges.

Ahead of her performance, the teenager, who has developed a large following on social media in recent months after multiple videos she made discussing her family life went viral, opened up in a pre-recorded clip about her personal experience moving to Washington, D.C., four years ago while her mother was working for former President Trump.

“I had to move to Washington, D.C., when I was 12, and I hated it,” Claudia Conway said in the clip. “When your mom’s working for the president of the United States, who you pretty much disagree with, it’s really hard.”

The appearance comes several months after Kellyanne and George Conway stepped down from their respective roles with the Trump White House and The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican group George Conway co-founded.

At the time, the announcements from both Conways arrived as Claudia had been going viral on social media for posts knocking Trump and discussing her parents’ opposing views.

Her parents both made an appearance on the show, with Kellyanne Conway appearing in and apparent video call before her performance.

“I’m really, really nervous,” Claudia Conway told her mother in the call. 

“You should be nervous, honey,” Kellyanne Conway responded. “It’s a very humbling experience. Do you know how many people like you when you were a little girl’ til now dream of even having an opportunity to audition for ‘American Idol’?”

“This is your time,” her mom continued. “But remember, honey, winners are people who are willing to lose.”

George Conway was present at the audition and could be seen listening at the door while his daughter performed.

During her audition, the teenager was pressed by pop star Katy Perry, who hosts the show along with musicians Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, about her relationship with her mother.

“She loves me and I love her,” Claudia said of her relationship. “I just feel like our relationship’s a little iffy. Most of my life, my feelings had been suppressed. So then I got social media and I was like, ‘Well, yeah, now my voice is being heard.’ ”

During her audition, Claudia Conway initially began to sing “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna. But she later was stopped by Perry mid-song after the singer asked her to perform another song when she said she had become nervous. 

She then sang “When We Were Young” by Adele.

“OK, when you sing this next song, think about when you were young,” Perry told the teen, “and there’s a sadness there. It’s like you lost your youth because you weren’t able to experience it on your own without all of this noise.” 

The second performance earned some praise from Richie, who called the audition “very good,” and Perry — both of whom ended up voting to send the Conway to the next round.

Bryan said the she was “really selling emotions really, really well” initially during the second performance, but he added that there were “some things that [she was] limited a little bit by [her] range.”

Bryan ultimately voted “no” on advancing Conway to the next round, however, after noting he felt she had more room to improve. 

During her performance, George Conway, grew emotional while listening outside the room. 

“You know, I couldn’t imagine anything that would make her happier,” he said, fighting tears, “than to do this.”

He then appeared to wipe his eyes before chuckling and saying, “It gets to you.” 

After Richie and Perry voted to send his daughter to Hollywood, George Conway made a brief appearance in the audition room. 

“Well, now, here comes dad. I want you to know that your daughter, I give her giant props,” Richie told him, to which George Conway responded, “I do too.”

“Claudia, you’re not going to D.C., honey, you’re going straight to Hollywood,” Perry said, citing the show’s signature phrase.

Tags American Idol Beltway D.C. Donald Trump George Conway Hollywood Kellyanne Conway Trump White House
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