Fans of “American Idol” on social media and other platforms are questioning Katy Perry, the way she handled contestant Sara Beth Liebe,25, and mother of three, on Sunday’s performance.
In the discussion, Sara Beth Liebe openly admitted that she is not into music except for participating in her church choir and karaoke nights. However, the conversion took a weird turn when Katy Perry asked, Is this your dream? Perry loudly interjected after commenting on being a young, three-time mother. Katy took a step further and said, “If it’s not your dream, you might need to leave because there are a lot of dreams behind you.”
Taking it a notch further, Katy Perry pushed Sara Beth Liebe to perform a song in front of her and fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan “Teenage Dream,” while Sara Beth Liebe said, “still processing” as she had to leave her children behind. Upon, Katy Perry retorted, “Freak us out, Freaky Friday,”
Liebe first sang Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good,” While she was singing, Katty Perry seemed unimpressed, and Perry interrupted, “Come on, we need more,” as Liebe continued. “That’s not enough,” as the song ends. Next, Kety Perry pushed her to sing “Try ‘Bennie and the Jets,’” although Liebe has mentioned that she is having voice issues, as Liebe had nothing to lose because it’s “not her dream yet.”
The panel of judges applauded Liebe’s performance on her second attempt, despite her claim that she felt dizzy after following Perry’s advice.
Perry has dubbed Liebe “accidental American Idol.”
“I feel as though a cartoon character has just come to life. Sara Beth, you’re in the dream now. Go get your golden ticket,” Perry dismissed Liebe. “Hurry before the dream ends!”
“Look, if it’s not your dream, it won’t go far because I respect everyone who walks through that door and is willing to sacrifice their life for this golden ticket.”
Fans took to Twitter to express their outrage over Perry’s disrespectful treatment of the contestant.