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‘American Idol’ MAJOR Twitter War That Gets Transphobic, Religious and Downright UGLY

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

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There’s some serious Twitter drama going down among the Season 16 American Idol contestants. It all started when contestant Cade Foehner posted a tweet praising his wife and fellow finalist Gabby Barrett.

Fans and fellow contestants took issue with Cade’s comments. He ended up deleting the tweet, but that hasn’t stopped people from talking about it. Read on to find out what happened.

Cade Foehner Starts ‘American Idol’ Twitter Drama

In a now-deleted tweet, Cade Foehner allegedly called his wife Gabby Barrett “the most successful person off of our season of American Idol.” He added that she was “on her way to being the most successful one to ever be on the show.”


A lot of people took issue with Cade’s decision to compare Gabby to their fellow contestants. Even Maddie Poppe, the Season 16 winner, responded with disappointment. “It’s sweet to be proud of your wife but you ain’t gotta take shots at everybody else from our season,” she said, pointing out that they were supposed to be “friends.”

Cade ended up deleting that tweet and posting a new one, in which he rephrased his praise for Gabby and showed off her song “I Hope” on the country charts. Although he didn’t compare her specifically to her fellow Season 16 contestants, he still said she would be the “most successful” contestant ever on the show.

Taylor Hicks Responds To Cade’s Tweet

Cade’s rephrased tweet still bothered some people, including American Idol winner Taylor Hicks! A fan mentioned Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, and Chris Daughtry as the former contestants Gabby is up against, “just to name a few.”

Taylor retweeted this message and added, “Yea just to name a few” with a cry-laughing emoji. We wouldn’t have expected the drama to get around to contestants from past seasons, but here we are. Taylor even posted a funny popcorn-eating GIF in response to Maddie’s reply.

Cade posted another tweet defending himself from the backlash, saying his tweet was taken “out of context,” and that he “hurt folks unintentionally.” For some reason, he chose to bring Christ into it. “What love would condescend so far as to save a wretched, pitiful man like me? Christ!” he wrote.

Fans were disappointed that Cade didn’t apologize. Gabby, meanwhile, responded to Cade’s rephrased tweet by writing, “I love you. Thank you for your continuous support. I am very blessed!”

Gabby Barrett’s Dad Causes Drama

Things didn’t end with Cade’s updated post. Gabby’s father Blase took to social media to post several messages and videos calling out the “liberal snowflakes” who were offended by Cade’s post. “They were NEVER Your friends!!!” he wrote, saying they’re perfect for “Hollyweird.”


“She dominates video views, she dominates record sales, she dominates ticket sales!” Gabby’s dad declared in a video reposted to Twitter by Season 16 contestant Ada Vox.

Ada also accused Blase of being transphobic in one of his videos. “Just for the record, I’m a 50-year-old man who identifies as 20,” he said. “Hey, it’s 2020. I’m allowed to identify as whatever I want, right?”

Maddie Poppe subtweeted Blase, writing, “Never thought I’d be cyberbullied by a 50-year-old man…but here we are…almost two years later…STILL HAPPENING.” According to Ada, Gabby should speak out against her father’s behavior and “separate herself from his actions.”


So far, Gabby has stayed quiet about the issue. What do you think? Should she speak out? Was Cade’s original tweet rude to his fellow contestants? Let us know in the comments.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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