Claudia Conway, the daughter of Kellyanne and George Conway, auditioned for ABC’s American Idol and her performance aired during the premier on Sunday.
Conway, who is sixteen, has caused lots of controversy for her family by posting anti-Trump sentiments on social media. The high school student started out rough, then was stopped by Katy Perry and asked to sing another song. She then started a rendition of Adele’s “When We Were Young.”
Her father, George, was interviewed by the show and seemed teary eyed over her audition.
But now the show is accused of using Claudia for a ratings grab. The judges brought up her life and also had mother Kellyanne on for a video conference call.
“Does [your mom] still hug you?,” asked Perry. Conway responded, saying she their relationship is “a little iffy.”
“I had to move to Washington, D.C., when I was 12, and I hated it,” she said. “When your mom’s working for the President of the United States, who you very much disagree with, it’s really hard.”
Ultimately, the judges sent her through to Hollywood, so this wont be the last the show will see of her.
The show was blasted on social media for airing her audition.
“Claudia Conway is 16 years-old and at the center of an abusive family situation playing out very publicly. Let’s not pretend ABC and American Idol aren’t exploiting this. They’re commodifying the unresolved trauma of a child. It’s really gross. That’s all there is to it,” wrote Charlotte Clymer.
Others felt the show was trying to improve her parents reputation.