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Following Claudia's audition back in February, viewers accused Idol of exploiting her for ratings, as well as being complicit in helping Kellyanne, the problematic former White House adviser and Claudia’s allegedly abusive mother, rehabilitate her post-Trump public image. Subsequently, ABC was considering taking the focus off Claudia for the remainder of her time on the show.
However, while it did seem like Claudia's segment was down-sized, the 16-year-old high school student still made the final edit, as well as her mother, which led to the backlash being reignited by viewers. One person tweeted: "Thinking I'll give up watching now. They're going to put Claudia Conway through ahead of much better singers as long as they can for the views." While another person shared that they think Idol is "keeping Claudia Conway for publicity only."
As for Claudia's performance, she sang Bishop Briggs's "River," which got her through to the next round and a serenade by her mother.