The news that Sophia James twerked on DJ Khaled’s recent Instagram Live might have come as a shock to fans of American Idol this season. That’s because one of the artists in the Top 10 happens to have that name.
However, Idol‘s Sophia James wants to make it clear that she’s not the one you’ve been reading about. Apparently some people were confused, so the 20-year-old made sure to clarify on her Instagram.
‘American Idol’ Finalist Sophia James Speaks Out
In case you missed it, earlier this week a model named Sophia James appeared on DJ Khaled’s Instagram Live. She twerked for the camera in skimpy shorts, despite Khaled’s repeated requests for her to stop.
The woman who appeared on Khaled’s Instagram is not an American Idol contestant. Sophia James the singer felt the need to clarify this on Wednesday after she learned that people thought it was her.
“Apparently there is someone with the same name as me that did some vulgar stuff on a live with DJ Khaled,” Sophia wrote on her Instagram Stories. “This person is not me. Please don’t mix us up.”
She even posted photos of the model Sophia and herself to compare. Hopefully that clears up the confusion. We imagine Sophia must have been getting some pretty annoying messages to have to post about this.
Where Did Sophia Get Her Stage Name?
The irony of all this is that Sophia’s last name isn’t actually James. Her real name is Sophia Wackerman, and this is the name she used in her American Idol audition earlier this season.
Initially, judge Katy Perry suggested that Sophia should change her name to Sophia Star, after her late mother Naomi Star. Sophia’s mom was also a singer, and inspired her to pursue music. She sadly passed away of lung cancer when Sophia was 16.
Sophia did eventually decide to change her last name, but not to Star. Instead, she chose to honor her brother James, who has supported her throughout the competition and also loves music.
We wonder if the recent mix-up will be addressed during this Sunday’s new episode of American Idol. We’ll find out if Sophia was voted through to the Top 7. The judges used their one save of the season last week, so it’s all up to the viewers.