ABC’s singing competition returned Sunday night with a premiere that saw Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie back in the (socially distanced) judges’ seats. But they weren’t the only familiar faces.
Claudia Conway, the 16-year-old daughter of former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and attorney George Conway, a fierce Trump critic, walked into the “Idol” audition room hoping to score a prized golden ticket to Hollywood.
Accompanied by her dad, the teen showed off her vocal chops while getting personal about her upbringing.
“It’s a lot, but, you know, I only want to spread love,” she told the judges. “I love a compromise, and I do agree to disagree with my mom and my dad.”
Before her audition, Conway shared a moment with her mother, who appeared remotely on a large screen. When her daughter admitted to feeling nervous, Kellyanne replied, “You should be nervous, honey.”
“It’s a very humbling experience,” Kellyanne continued. “But remember, honey, winners are people who are willing to lose.”
Claudia opened up to the judges about her complicated relationship with her mom.
“She loves me. I love her,” the teen said. “I 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, damn. Now my voice is being heard.’ “