AMERICAN Idol contestant Sara Beth Liebe has been edited out of the show’s most recent episode after Katy Perry criticized her.
Sara, 25, left American Idol to be at home with her kids after having doubts that she would win.
ABCAmerican Idol contestant Sara Beth Lieb has stated that the show edited the clip of her final performance[/caption]
ABCAccording to her, her standing ovations were cut out of the episode[/caption]
Her absence was compounded by the crude “mom-shaming” joke Katy Perry, 38, made about her earlier in the season.
After Sara left the show, she discovered that ABC allegedly cut her performance and the “standing ovations” she received.
On her Instagram Story, the contestant called the show “lame” for whittling down her song and the audience’s reaction.
Sara said in her Story, “If you watch my videos, you’d know that I’m not even mad. I’m just trying to do music.”
She was adamant that her decision to quit the show and what has happened since wasn’t a “ploy” to get her “15 minutes of fame.”
She said, “I’m so over it. No more.”
A few weeks after Sara’s incident with Katy, Sara decided to leave the competition for her children and due to confidence issues.
The week she left, she performed Roxanne by The Police, hitting every note and wowing the judges – including Katy.
Before they could give any feedback on her singing, Sara said: “This opportunity is really rad but this is actually gonna be my last performance because my heart is at home.
“So I’m gonna get home to my babies. They kinda need me. Thank you,” and she rushed off the stage.
Backstage, she said: “It went a lot better than I thought it would, but I’m gonna head home to get back to my babies.”
The judges and producers were able to convince her to come back on stage, and Katy made an impassioned plea for her to stay.
The pop singer said: “Sara Beth. I know life is scary. I also know that it’s easier to walk away than to be rejected.
“But then I also know that you lose out on your fullest potential and I know that you love your family for your kids.”
She went on: “I know that as a mother but remember self-love is just as big as motherly love. Don’t leave the competition.”
After hearing her plea, Sara headed backstage again, and told a producer: “I feel like I’m not gonna win the show anyway so I might as well leave.”
She also admitted: “I still kinda want to go home. I’m sure that when I get home I’ll regret it. I’ll probably go, ‘Damn, Sara. You should have done it.’”
Ultimately, she did go home.
Back in March when Sara first appeared on the competition show, the judges couldn’t believe she was 25 years old.
“You look 16,” Luke Bryan said. “15,” Katy added.
“I have three kids, so that’s like-,” Sara started to say.
Katy got up out of her seat and turned around, placing her hands on the table by Luke and fanning herself.
“Are you OK, Katy?” he asked. “Nope,” the 38-year-old shook her head before returning to her seat.
“If Katy lays on the table, I think I’m gonna pass out,” Sara chuckled.
“Three kids?” Lionel Richie asked, but, it was this comment from Katy, that offended Sara.
“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.
Sara took a break from her usual cover song videos and videos with her kids to talk about how she felt about Katy’s comments.
“At the start of my audition, before I sang, I mentioned that I had three children. That I was a young mom,” she said.
“And Katy Perry ‘made a joke,’” Sara Beth continued, putting the last three words in quotes, “that wasn’t super kind.”
“I don’t really have too much to say on my feelings about it because I feel like it’s probably pretty self-explanatory.”
She continued: “I mean it was embarrassing to have that on TV and it was hurtful and you know, that’s that.”
“But, I did want to take this opportunity to just say that women supporting and uplifting other women is so cool and I think that mom-shaming is super lame.”
“And I think that it’s hard enough to be a mom and it’s hard enough to be a woman,” Sara Beth said.
The contestant ended: “I don’t think there’s really any more to it. If you love your babies and you’re a good momma then that’s all that really matters, and other comments just don’t feel necessary.”
Katy, herself, is a mom to two-year-old Daisy Dove with her partner, Orlando Bloom.
sarabethliebe/InstagramSara announced her departure from the show so she can go home to her family[/caption]
ABCShe left after Katy Perry ‘mom-shamed’ her during her original audition[/caption]
ABCSara claims that she’s not mat at the pop singer for her comment[/caption]