AMERICAN Idol fans have roared against judge Katy Perry, after several repeated incidents of the singer being “mean” to contestants.
The most recent example came just this past week.
American Idol/ABCKaty Perry has been labeled a meanie during her judging on American Idol[/caption]
Katy sits in judgement alongside Lionel Richie and Luke BryanGetty
Fans accused the reality show judge of “shaming” a 16-year-old contestant during her tense audition.
Paige Anne, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, performed Pink’s What About Us for her audition, garnering mixed signals from the judges.
Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan both voted yes to pass the teen through to the next round.
But Katy said no, explaining: “I don’t think you’re yet ready. It’s a no for me.”
ABCFans said that Katy shamed Paige Ann when she said no[/caption]
Fans online ripped her for her decision.
“I’m super shocked Katy said she isn’t ready! I know it’s not all about the voice, but her voice is one of the best of the competition! That is a winning voice!” wrote one critic.
Another wrote: “There is something wrong with Katy Perry this season. She must be having trouble in her personal life because her attitude is strange and she’s putting people through who shouldn’t go through and then she seems to come down pretty hard on attractive young women so I would say the problem was not in the contestant but in Katy Perry.”
One scathed: “Total bulls**t. I feel like I just watched three people gaslight this girl into thinking she’s not as good as she is. She’s one if the most talented people I’ve seen on this show and at 16? She’s phenomenal.”
It’s just the latest anger directed at the Grammy nominated star.
ABCSara Beth Liebe slammed Katy Perry for ‘mom-shaming’ her on TV[/caption]
Earlier this month, one contestant slammed Katy for making “hurtful” and “embarrassing” comments to her.
She also accused the singer of “mom-shaming her.”
Contestant Sara Beth Liebe auditioned and the judges could not believe she was 25.
“You look 16,” Luke Bryan said.
“Fifteen,” Katy countered.
“I have three kids” Sara Beth then revealed.
“Three kids?” Lionel Richie asked.
But, it was a comment from Katy, that offended Sara Beth.
“Honey, you’ve been laying on the table too much,” the singer said.
Luke laughed and the contestant seemed OK with it at the time but later spoke up about it on her Tiktok page.
ABCFans called Katy out for faking out contestants[/caption]
Last season, Katy received backlash from fans for faking out contestants in demented pranks before sending them on to the next round.
The American Idol judges have consistently tricked the competing singers into believing they would not be moving on, before confirming their spot in the next round.
On one particular show, Katy led several contestants to believe they would be heading home and not returning, before convincing them otherwise.
The TV personality even decided to make a game out of the fake outs, as she encouraged viewers to “drink” every time the judges tricked a competitor.
“Take a shot every time we fake out a contestant,” Katy wrote on Twitter, as she kept the situation light.
Katy tried to make the situation into a drinking game
One singer, in particular, Cassandra Coleman, had been faked out previously by the blonde judge, and Katy decided to joke about the occurrence in a second tweet.
“We’re 2 for 2 on faking out @casscoleman,” she admitted, adding, “Drink twice!”
Many fans were not pleased by the game, which they felt to be taking advantage of the contestant’s emotions.
“I wonder if they know they don’t have to do a fake out on every single contestant?” one disgruntled fan expressed.
Another complained: “It’s also so d**n TIRED,” while another asked, “Why are ya’ll so mean?”
TikTok/ adriel_carrionKaty is not a fan of one Harry Styles song[/caption]
Sometimes, Katy’s antics can hurt for years.
American Idol alum Adriel Carrion took to TikTok to reflect on an awkward moment with Katy that still haunts him.
The season 19 contestant, who was 18 when he auditioned, shared a clip of his performance, and captioned it: “SHE IS IN MY NIGHTMARES NOW!!”
TikTok/ adriel_carrionAdriel Carrion is still haunted by his moment[/caption]
In the video, Adriel was preparing to present his rendition of the Harry Styles hit Watermelon Sugar, which Katy apparently had heard enough.
“We have officially banned everyone from singing ‘Watermelon Sugar,’” she slammed. “I can’t take another “Watermelon Sugar.’”
A look of terror washed over his face, and the shock remains.
“It’s the way that it has been three years and I’m still traumatized by this moment,” Adriel reflected on TikTok. “I could be getting my beauty rest and all I hear in my nightmare is, ‘Not Watermelon Sugar!’”
ABCKaty asked for tribute from several performers[/caption]
Katy has been purposely punking performers since her first season in 2018, when she tried to convince a group of four contestants that only three spots remained.
One of them would need to sacrifice themselves for the others.
“Girls, you were great,” Katy told the ladies. But we have room for three more people. Out of you girls, I need one person to volunteer to not go on to the next round.”
The ladies stood aghast, each remaining silent and still until finally, a singer named Alicea decided to bite the bullet.
“I’ll do it,” she said, immediately bursting into tears.
“Oh, sweetie, don’t cry! You’re all going through,” Perry exclaimed. “I’m just trying to see your girl power!”
I KISSED A GIRL
Katy stole one contestants first kiss
Even Katy’s best intentions have resulted in cringeworthy moments that have left others upset.
In 2018, 19-year-old Benjamin Glaize revealed to the judges that he’d never kissed a girl before, prompting Katy to ask for a peck on the cheek.
After Benjamin forgot to make a smooching sound, Katy asked Benjamin for a second, during which she turned her head at the last moment so that they kissed on the lips.
While it would be a dream situation for a lot of young men, Benjamin told the New York Times that he’d rather it hadn’t happened.
He said: “I was a tad bit uncomfortable. I wanted to save it for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special.
“Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no.
“I know a lot of guys would be like, ‘Heck yeah!’ But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately. I wanted my first kiss to be special.”