Social media users have claimed that Marjorie Taylor Greene, a representative for Georgia, competed on American Idol under the fictitious name Stefanie Sugarman.
People on Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube are divided over a video of an American Idol contestant’s audition from the first season, with many wondering if the contestant is really the representative.
Marjorie Taylor Greene's try out for the first season of American Idol under a stage name lmao. What a loser. pic.twitter.com/ltgnx1aUln
— Far Left Kyle (@FLKDayton) September 4, 2022
A Reddit post from 2002 that has received almost 10,000 upvotes features a lady identified as Stefanie Sugarman, 23, from Alta Loma, California.
The video depicts Sugarman’s assured performance and her receiving three remarks from the judges at the time, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and Simon Cowell.
To the amusement of the judges, Sugarman returned after being expelled to inquire as to whether she would advance to the next round.
Anyone know if this is MTG (aka Stephanie Sugarman) auditioning for American Idol? pic.twitter.com/gewffse38M
— Robin Keehn (@RobinKeehn1) September 3, 2022
After singing a second song, she was once more informed that she would not be moving on in the competition.
The contestant’s strong likeness to Greene was quickly noticed by viewers. Some even claimed to share Sugarman’s mannerisms, while others claimed they shared the same mentality, which was evident when she refused to accept that she wasn’t good enough.
@RepMTG Will the real Stephanie Sugarman please stand up?!🤣🤣😂🤣
— James Manley (@JamesManley76) September 4, 2022
Farron Cousins, a YouTuber, and analyst, also talked about the video and offered his opinion on whether it might be Greene. The number of views on his video has surpassed 372,000 in less than two days.
He acknowledged that the two women share a strong resemblance but emphasized that Greene was in her late 20s rather than her early 30s in 2002.
Podcaster and debunker of conspiracy theories Travis Scott added his two cents to the discussion and clarified why, if the tape was of Greene, it would have been challenging for her to mislead about her age.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene was not eligible to audition for the first season of American Idol,” he tweeted.
Also worth noting:
Marjorie Taylor Greene was not eligible to audition for the first season of American Idol. The cut off age was 24 and Greene was 27 when American Idol held its LA auditions in April 2002.
The application form for American Idol requires ID for proof of age. pic.twitter.com/JuEpT6phoA
— Travis View (@travis_view) September 4, 2022
“The cut-off age was 24 and Greene was 27 when American Idol held its LA auditions in April 2002. The application form for American Idol requires ID for proof of age.”
The fact that Greene and Sugarman have quite different accents is another issue that Cousins brought out in his video.
Imagine being Stephanie Sugarman and having everyone say you look like Marjorie Taylor Greene. 😭
— Morgan (@kilday_morgan) September 4, 2022
“Marjorie Taylor Greene was born in Georgia, has lived in small-town Georgia most of her life, she has a southern accent that is very hard to shake,” he said in his video.
“That woman in the video, Stephanie Sugarman, has no southern accent at all, it is not there.
This Stephanie Sugarman clip is hilarious! It's gotta be MTG.
— Mazikeen (@Maz_eh_keen) September 4, 2022
“The little temper tantrum, that is very Marjorie Taylor Greene like, so maybe on the personality side you have got a little more confirmation there.
“But I think for me, the accent is a dead giveaway.”
According to a TMZ story that also refuted the assertion that Greene appeared on the program, Stefanie Sugarman from Alta Loma, California, is listed in public records for her.
The American Idol woman got married in 2004 and changed her name to Peters. She still lives in California and has videos on YouTube: https://t.co/7csNLHyRug
— BK (@unpumpthevolume) September 5, 2022
They also mentioned that she is now married, has a new last name, and is 43 years old. Another Twitter user posted a YouTube channel from 2012 that they claimed belonged to Sugarman. After leaving American Idol, she kept on singing.