American Idol finalist Oliver Steele says Katy Perry 'is not a bully, nor does ... trends now

American Idol finalist Oliver Steele says Katy Perry 'is not a bully, nor does ... trends now
American Idol finalist Oliver Steele says Katy Perry 'is not a bully, nor does ... trends now

American Idol finalist Oliver Steele says Katy Perry 'is not a bully, nor does ... trends now

American Idol finalist Oliver Steele says Katy Perry 'is not a bully, nor does she shame people' ... amid reports she might quit series over how she's been portrayed

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American Idol finalist Oliver Steele has taken to the defense of the show's Katy Perry amid claims she has made nasty and pointed remarks toward contestants during the competition's controversial 21st season.

Steele, 25, took to Instagram on Saturday with a statement defending the pop star, 38, amid DailyMail.com's exclusive report that the musical artist is on the verge of quitting the ABC series, feeling she's been 'thrown under the bus by producers' who've positioned her to be the 'nasty judge' on the series.

'I’ve seen a lot of rumors going around the internet about Katy Perry possibly leaving idol and I don’t necessarily know what’s true and what’s not,' Steele, a finalist on the competition, said in his post. 'Katy is not a bully, nor does she shame people.'

Steele said that he was nervous during multiple steps along the process on the show and Perry demonstrated 'an incredible ability' to detect such and figure out 'what’s holding you back.'

He continued: 'I love all the judges, but Katy always seemed to be able to look into my soul and tell exactly what was troubling me, or what it was I was struggling with.'

The latest: American Idol finalist Oliver Steele, 25, has taken to the defense of the show's Katy Perry amid claims she has made nasty and pointed remarks toward contestants during the competition's 21st season

The latest: American Idol finalist Oliver Steele, 25, has taken to the defense of the show's Katy Perry amid claims she has made nasty and pointed remarks toward contestants during the competition's 21st season 

Steele said Perry reminded him to believe in himself and his artistry, and challenged him to push himself and take risks he wasn't comfortable with to move forward.

'I’m a better musician and artist after Katy Perry pushed me to believe in my potential, and to

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