On the Feb. 14 premiere of ‘American Idol,’ the judges met Kellyanne Conway’s daughter, Claudia Conway, and decided whether she would move on in the competition.
Claudia Conway, 16, shocked the American Idol judges when she showed up to audition for the show’s 19th season, which premiered on Feb. 14. Katy Perry seemed to recognize Claudia right away, and immediately asked her, “Are you okay?” when she walked in. Of course, Katy was referencing the very public drama between Claudia and her famous mom, Kellyanne Conway, who previously worked as an adviser to Donald Trump.
“My parents are high profile political figures,” Claudia explained to the judges. “My mother is Kellyanne Conway. She worked for Donald Trump. And my dad is George Conway. He’s a lawyer and he worked against Donald Trump. He’s here with me, though. It’s a lot, but I only want to spread love. I love a compromise and I do agree to disagree with my mom and dad.”
In her audition tape, Claudia explained that there was “more” to her than being “that blonde woman from Fox News’ daughter.” She added, “When your mom’s working for the President of the United States, who you very much disagree with, it’s very hard.” However, Kellyanne still showed up virtually to support her teenage daughter, and she gave Claudia a pep talk before she took the stage. “You should be nervous, honey, it’s a very humbling experience,” Kellyanne said. “Do you know how many people like you dream of even having the opportunity to audition for American Idol? This is your time to shine. Remember, honey, winners are people who are willing to lose.”
Katy, who is openly against Trump, expressed concern for Claudia before the 16-year-old’s audition. “With your mom being the figure that she is…does she still hug you?” Katy wondered. Claudia explained, “I mean, yeah. She loves me. I love her. I feel like our relationship is a little iffy. Most of my life my feelings had been suppressed, so I got social media and now my voice is being heard.”
In a voiceover, Claudia explained that she started using music to escape when things on social media went started going to a “dark place.” She began her audition by singing “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna, but quickly got tripped up, and Katy stopped her mid-song. She urged Claudia to sing her second audition song, which was “When We Were Young” by Adele.
“When you sing this next song, think about when you were young and go back to that time,” Katy advised. “There’s a sadness there. You lost your youth because you weren’t able to experience it on your own without all the noise. Your dad’s your dad, you’re mom’s your mom. Who is Claudia? You have to calm the storm around you. If you sing like you want to read the social media comments afterward, you’re only ever going to be a TikTok star. We want an American Idol.”
Claudia pulled it together for her second song, but it wasn’t perfect. Luke Bryan felt she had a ways to go when it came to the singing aspect of the competition, and he decided to vote ‘no’ when it came to sending Claudia to Hollywood. However, she got ‘yeses’ from both Katy and Lionel Richie, so she got her golden ticket!
“The second was much better!” Lionel praised. “You showed where you could actually take coaching. Some qualities of your voice came through that I was really impressed with.” Katy added, “There’s a lot of noise in your life. You have to calm the storm that is around you. Before you sing, you need to get off your phone, stop reading the comments. Push it aside. Because if not, you may never rise above your dad or your mom.”
We’ll have to wait a few weeks to see how things go in Hollywood for Claudia! Next week, the auditions continue on Feb. 21 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.
Mark Wahlberg Honors Mom Alma After Her Death With Photo Of Her & His 4 Kids: ‘Miss You’
Mark Wahlberg paid tribute to his late mother, Alma Wahlberg, with a beautiful photo of her cuddling up with her grandchildren.
Gone, but not forgotten. Mark Wahlberg honored his mother, Ama Wahlberg on Instagram with a sweet photo two days after announcing the devastating news to his fans. The Transformers star, 49, posted a beautiful throwback of Ama sitting on a couch surrounded by his four adorable kids: Brendan, 12, Ella, 17, Grace, 11, and Michael, 15. Mark and his wife, Rhea Durham, are in on the cuddles, too.
He captioned the post, “Miss you grandma” with a red heart emoji. Mark announced 78-year-old Ama’s death in an April 18 tweet. The Daddy’s Home star posted a lovely photo of his mother with a huge smile on her face, captioning it, “My angel. Rest in peace.” Ama’s other children, including singer Donnie Wahlberg, also honored their mother online. Donnie, 51, penned a lengthy tribute on Instagram accompanied by a slideshow of photos and videos.
“I’m so blessed to have been brought into this world by, raised by, taught by and set on my life’s path by, such an amazing woman,” he wrote, in part. “My mom Alma’s joy for life, love and people — combined with a pride in her humble beginnings and refusal to forget where she came from — undoubtedly shaped me into the man that I am. She was, without a doubt, the most loving human being I’ve ever known.”
Ama was mother to nine children and was a regular fixture on Wahlburgers, the A&E reality show that followed the family’s Boston-based burger chain. The show, which aired from 2014 to 2019, showcased many members of the Wahlberg family, including son Paul Wahlberg — who later named another restaurant Alma Nova in her honor. “I was very hesitant and nervous at first,” Alma told USA Today in 2014 about being on the show. “[My sons] said, ‘You can talk to a wall, Ma. You won’t have any trouble.’”
Suri Cruise Sports Long Hair While Posing With Flowers & Goofing Off With Friends On 15th Birthday
Suri Cruise looked super sweet while enjoying her 15th birthday in the Big Apple! The teenager showed off her long hair and posed with some flowers as her friend snapped some pics!
Suri Cruise is another year older! The teenage daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise turned 15 years old on April 18, and she looked like she had a total blast on her big day. The newly minted 15-year-old spent her birthday out and about in New York City and was spotted having some low-key birthday fun. Suri and a few of her pals were seen snapping some photos together while posing with a pretty bouquet of pink and white carnations.
The birthday girl also showed off her long, brunette ‘do, and looked like the spitting image of her famous mom, 42. Naturally, Suri followed the necessary safety precautions while celebrating her birthday amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She and her friends wore protective face masks while having fun in the Big Apple. The teens only removed their face masks while smiling for a quick photo, or enjoying some delicious ice cream!
Despite her birthday falling during the middle of a pandemic, Suri truly showed the she was enjoying her day like so many around the world who celebrated their special days during COVID-19, as well. Suri’s mom, Katie, made sure to celebrate her daughter’s birthday by taking to Instagram and sharing a carousel of photos to her social media account. Far more precious than the intimate pics of Suri and her mom, however, was the sweet caption Katie wrote and dedicated to her teen.
“Happy 15th Birthday Sweetheart! I love you,” Katie wrote, adding a string of exclamation points and a number of emojis. “I can’t believe you are already 15!” Katie concluded the post. It’s hard to believe that Suri is already 15 years old. After all, it doesn’t seem like that long ago that she was just a tiny tot being photographed while out with her famous parents.
Over the course of the last few years, though, Suri’s adoring mom has made a concerted effort to offer her daughter as normal an upbringing as possible. Suri’s bond with her mom is so incredibly strong and it’s amazing to see the teen grow up to be her Katie’s mini-me. Fans cannot wait to see what the future holds for the teenager!
Happy 42nd Birthday, Kourtney Kardashian: Look Back At Her Hottest Photos Of All-Time
In honor of Kourtney Kardashian’s 42nd birthday, we’re looking back at some of her hottest outfits ever!
Kourtney Kardashian is celebrating another trip around the sun on April 18! The reality star turns 42 this year, and she has many reasons to celebrate. For the big day, we’re taking a trip down memory lane and looking back at some of the sexiest outfits that Kourtney has ever worn. From little black dresses to short shorts and more, Kourtney definitely knows how to dress to impress.
Black Leather Dress
In December 2019, Kourtney attended the Dior Men’s Fashion Show in Miami. She wore a black leather dress with thin straps, paired with strappy, open-toed heels. Although the dress reached down to Kourt’s knees, it provided a sexy, dominatrix style for her night out. She wore her hair in wet curls, with minimal jewelry and subtle makeup to complete the edgy look.
Purple Slip Dress
When it comes to mini dresses, Kourtney is definitely a pro. She’s even mastered the art of wearing lingerie as clothing! In June 2019, Kourtney enjoyed a night out with some friends, and she wore a purple slip dress for the occasion. The ensemble featured lace detailing on the edges, and could easily be doubled as a nightgown. However, Kourt dressed it up with some heels and it was the perfect mini for a night on the town!
High Slit Dress
Another one of Kourt’s sexiest looks was worn in Feb. 2019. Kourtney attended the amfAR Gala with sister Kim Kardashian and looked absolutely stunning. She rocked a black Versace dress featuring a double scoop neckline and a sexy thigh-high slit. The eldest KarJenner paired her look with pointed toe stilettos and styled her hair into a dramatic high ponytail.
These are just a few of Kourtney’s best looks, though. She’s one of the most fashion-forward celebs we know, so of course there are plenty of other outfits to admire. Luckily, we gathered some of her sexiest ensembles of all-time and put them in the gallery above for your viewing pleasure. Happy clicking – and happy birthday, Kourtney!