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Katy Perry slammed for leaving American Idol fan-favorite contestant in tears with heartless comment

Wednesday, 03/04/2024, 17:28 (GMT+7)

During a recent episode of the popular show, viewers were shocked by Perry's actions.

Katy Perry's recent actions on American Idol have sparked controversy and criticism. 

The pop star is under fire for making a comment that left a fan-favorite contestant in tears. Fans and viewers are expressing their outrage, questioning Perry's behavior, and demanding an apology.

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Katy Perry's actions on American Idol sparked controversy and criticism for leaving a contestant in tears. Image Credit: ABC

Odell Bunton,  an American Idol fan-favorite contestant, shares his difficult situation

Odell Bunton Jr., a 28-year-old security guard from Texas, showcased his remarkable talent with a captivating performance that left both the audience and judges in awe. 

Despite his dreams of pursuing a singing career, Bunton had selflessly put his aspirations on hold to provide for his family.

Bunton resides in Dallas and works as a security guard at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport during the overnight shift. 

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Texas security guard Odell Bunton Jr. was wowed with remarkable talent, leaving the audience and judges in awe. Image Credit: ABC

He openly shared the difficulties he faces in providing for his family of five, describing it as a constant struggle.

As Bunton shared his challenging life circumstances with Katy Perry and her fellow judges, Lionel Ritchie, and Luke Bryan, he expressed the difficulties of providing for his family. 

Bunton revealed that they were living in a hotel room with only two beds and a small kitchen area with a total of 12 people.

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Bunton opened up about the hardships of supporting his family, revealing they lived in a cramped hotel room with 12 people. Image Credit: ABC

Katy Perry was slammed for leaving American Idol fan-favorite contestant in tears with a heartless comment.

As Bunton anxiously awaited feedback from the judges, Katy Perry made a comment that seemed unkind and lacking empathy. 

Referring to Bunton's living situation, Perry said, "You know, Odell, it's tough having a platinum ticket. I can't even imagine the pressure of having 12 people in one home."

Perry's comment implied that Bunton had not made it to the next round of the competition, causing him to break down in tears. 

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Perry's unsympathetic comment about Bunton's living situation led to his emotional breakdown. Image Credit: ABC

However, after a suspenseful moment, Perry finally revealed that Bunton had indeed advanced to the Top 24, relying on the votes of the American public.

The exchange between Perry and Bunton left many viewers furious and disappointed. 

Social media platforms were flooded with comments expressing outrage at Perry's behavior. Some criticized her for toying with Bunton's emotions, while others called her comment heartless and unnecessary.

Fans of the show expressed their support for Bunton, highlighting his remarkable talent and his touching performance. 

Despite the emotional rollercoaster caused by Perry's comment, many were relieved and delighted that Bunton had made it through to the next round.

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Perry's announcement brought relief as Bunton secured a Top 24 spot through public votes. Image Credit: ABC

As the controversy unfolds, fans are calling for Katy Perry to apologize for her actions. 

They believe that her comment was not only hurtful but also disrespectful to Bunton and his journey on the show.

She literally said exactly what he said, and if that upset you then stop watching competitive shows, you can't handle it because you're too sensitive, one user said.

I stopped watching American idol when she started. Never cared much for her, think she needs to stick to the singing instead, the second commented.

Don’t care for her. You can tell she is not nice and she thinks she is so entitled! Another said.

I’m not trying to be mean here. most of the judges on here do have talent, but I stopped watching the show a long time ago because of one major fact it seems more about the money than it is about finding the proper talent, someone wrote.