Claudia Conway, the daughter of former Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, made it through to Hollywood following her singing debut on American Idol on Sunday.
The 16-year-old was voted through to the next round by judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, but failed to convince Luke Bryant with her rendition of Adele‘s When We Were Young, who told her he believed she had ‘limited’ range.
The teen shot to fame on TikTok over the last year, amassing over 1.7 million followers as she regularly blasted her parents’ political beliefs and got into heated fights with her mom.
Last month, police in New Jersey launched an investigation after Claudia accused her mom of posting a topless photo of her on Twitter before she later backtracked saying Kellyanne wasn’t to blame.
Claudia Conway, the daughter of former Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, made her singing debut during an appearance on American Idol on Sunday night
Claudia was accompanied by her father George Conway, who founded the anti-Trump Lincoln Project
During her Sunday night appearance, Claudia opened up to the judges, telling them how social media – and singing – had help her ensure her voice was heard, after being ‘suppressed’ for most of her life.
‘I’m Claudia Conway. I’m 16. ‘My mother is Kellyanne Conway. She worked for Donald Trump. And my dad is George Conway. He’s a lawyer he worked against Donald Trump.’
The three judges shared a series of shocked glances, before Lionel Richie exclaimed: ‘Wow’.
‘It’s a lot, but I agree to disagree with my mom and my dad,’ Claudia told them.
The TikTok star explained how it was ‘hard’ growing up with her mom working for Trump and said her ‘feelings had been suppressed’ before she joined social media and started posting about her own views.
‘When your mom is working for the President of the United States, who you very much disagree with, it’s hard,’ she continued.
‘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,” she said.
Claudia added that she now ‘want[s] to get out of the controversy’ and focus on her singing.
‘The internet can be a very, very dark place,’ she says.
‘But when life is all going downhill, I have my music. Now, I kinda want to get out of the controversy, get out of the drama and let people know that I am a singer and this is what I want to do.’
Claudia has repeatedly hit out at her mom’s conservative views and support of Trump
Kellyanne has previously said she supports her daughter’s music career and saying she is ‘proud’ of her for ‘sharing her beautiful voice’
During her Sunday night appearance, Claudia opened up to the judges, telling them how social media – and singing – had help her ensure her voice was heard, after being ‘suppressed’ for most of her life
Prior to her performance, Claudia also shared home video footage to Twitter, showing her performing at just six-years-old.
‘AMERICAN IDOL PREMIERE IN THIRTY MINUTES. you DON’T want to miss it. here’s me at 6 years old. Yeah,’ she tweeted.
In the clip, Claudia is seen singing a rendition of ‘Let it Snow’ into a microphone.
In another tweet, Conway said of her audition: ‘i actually am so nervous to watch this bye.’
Kellyanne also teased her daughter’s performance, tweeting ‘#ClaudiaOnIdol’ and sharing a picture of her on the show.
In an earlier post on Saturday, she wrote: ‘[email protected] is BACK tonight with tons of talent, including our daughter!
‘@Claudiamconwayy you are our IDOL.’
Kellyanne has previously said she supports her daughter’s music career and saying she is ‘proud’ of her for ‘sharing her beautiful voice’.
‘Claudia and her siblings are taught to be independent self-starters and free thinkers who dream big and aim high. She sets goals and works toward them. Of course, American Idol is next level!’ she told People.
‘We are proud of Claudia for entering the arena and sharing her beautiful voice and inspirational message about mental health with others.’
Prior to her performance, Claudia also shared home video footage to Twitter, showing her performing at just six-years-old
Claudia Conway took to TikTok earlier this week to say she was ‘not happy’ with her American Idol audition
Claudia first announced she would appear on the show back in November in a video on her TikTok account.
She took to the video sharing platform again on Saturday to share with her followers that she wasn’t happy with how her audition went because she felt ‘nervous and sick’ at the time.
‘Disclaimer that I am not happy w my idol audition,’ she wrote on Friday against a red backdrop and the song Stupid Horse by musical duo 100 gecs on repeat. ‘I was so nervous and sick so I’m just giving everyone a little heads up ok.’
Claudia has made frequent headlines over the last year, repeatedly hitting out at her mother on social media over her politics and support of former President Donald Trump.
Kellyanne was a close adviser to Trump and his third campaign manager during the 2016 race for the White House, helping him beat Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, George is vocally anti-Trump as a co-founder of the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican group which sought to stop him getting re-elected.
In January, police in New Jersey launched an investigation into a topless photo of Claudia that was posted to the former Trump aide’s Twitter. Pictured police at the Conway home
Kellyanne left the White House in August after months of public feuds with Claudia shared which the teen chronicled on her TikTok.
In one video, Claudia threatened to seek legal emancipation saying her mother’s job had ‘ruined her life’.
In January, police in New Jersey launched an investigation into a topless photo of Claudia that was posted to the former Trump aide’s Twitter.
Claudia had accused her mother of leaking the image on Twitter’s newly launched Fleets feature, which deletes posts after 24 hours.
The teen later walked back her comments and apologized insisting in videos on TikTok that Kellyanne ‘would never intentionally do that’ and said her account was probably ‘hacked’.