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01/14/16 3:33 PM
“You will never, ever, ever, ever have a career in singing,” Simon
Cowell once scowled at a contestant. “There are only so many words I can
drag out of my vocabulary to say how awful that was,” he said to
another. “Who’s your vocal teacher? Get a lawyer and sue her.”
Those words hit Kelly Clarkson hard. “I was just so happy because the British man didn’t make me cry” were the relieved words the then-unknown singer uttered after nervously completing her “forgetful” American Idol audition in May of 2002. That “British man” was Simon Cowell, the tough-as-nails Idol
judge from across the pond who seemingly didn’t get excited for
anything or anyone. In fact, by the second round, Simon didn’t even
remember Clarkson, who just sang Aretha Franklin’s signature rendition
of Otis Redding’s “Respect.” “I honestly don’t know what to say. You
have a good voice, but I couldn’t remember you from the previous
rounds,” he said. That would soon change.
However, as the show went on, it became clear Idol
wasn’t just about that “mean British man.” The focus shifted to the
group of 30 hopefuls desperate for a break in the music biz. But was any
of it legit? Can contestants of the show be taken seriously when its
biggest star was a sadist who appeared to revel in publicly humiliating
Kelly Clarkson’s spunky, dorky, girl-next-door personality and
tremendous voice made her an early fan favorite, despite being one of
the few contestants whose audition wasn’t aired during the show’s
original June 2002 broadcast. Viewers soon hopped aboard the Texas
native’s bandwagon after watching her slay in the eight-week, live
semi-finals, belting out untouchable Soul staples such as “You’re All I
Need To Get By,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Don’t
Play That Song (You Lied).” Kelly’s big band performance of Betty
Hutton’s 1940’s “Stuff Like That There” pop classic moved Simon enough
to call Kelly the star of the show. “This show is all about finding a
star, not feeling sorry for people who aren’t very good. Absolutely
By the final weeks, it was beginning to look like Kelly Clarkson was on her way to becoming Idol‘s
first winner and was a strong favorite to win over eventual runner-up
Justin Guarini. Even Simon seemed on board and said Kelly had put
herself “in the same league as Celine Dion and Mariah Carey,” following
her strained performance of Celine’s “I Surrender” in Week Six.
While Idol enjoyed great ratings and success, “A Moment Like This” was an original composition that Idol producers hoped would match the success of Pop Idol
winner Will Young’s single, “Evergreen/”Anything Is Possible,” which
sold an insane 1.1 million copies its debut week. “Moment” didn’t sell
anywhere near those astronomical numbers, only totaling 236,000 copies
its debut week. But Kelly’s “A Moment Like This” quickly shot up the
charts and broke a record in the process when it went from No. 52 to No.
1 on the Billboard Hot 100, breaking The Beatles’ previous record for
biggest leap in the history of the chart. “Moment” went on to become
2002’s best-selling single.
Kelly’s debut album, Thankful, was released in 2003 and
achieved greater success than her Idol single garnered. The project
debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200, selling nearly 300,000
copies its debut week. In that same year, Thankful earned double platinum status and officially opened the door for every American Idol winner thereafter. But it was Clarkson’s next album that ripped the doors off the hinges.
To date, Kelly Clarkson has released seven albums and has numerous
awards sitting on her mantle. And after years of rumored tension with
the show’s producers and creators, an older, wiser and infinitely more
famous Kelly returned to American Idol in 2010, 2011 and most recently, April 2015 to not only perform, but be a mentor.
It’s hard to imagine what Idol would’ve been today if Kelly Clarkson hadn’t proved the singing competition wasn’t just about Simon Cowell’s harsh criticism.
01/14/16 10:10 PM
So many hits and so many flops. What a time to be alive.
She played at river festivals and lived on a Christmas tree farm.
Ruined the word “squad.”
She’s on The Voice.
The most successful American Idol.
Still the most successful American Idol.
read the rest here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/2006-was-a-weird-time-2-be-alive#.diE1EMv5AP
01/16/16 11:04 PM
01/17/16 3:46 PM
With “Piece By Piece,” @Kelly_Clarkson scores the 64th Hot AC hit for an @AmericanIdol contestant. It’s her 20th AT40 hit.— American Top 40 (@AmericanTop40) January 16, 2016@blujayyoungs" I wonder who the other 44 are hahaCourtesy Hot AC Archiver at Pulse....For the R&R/Mediabase HAC chart, there are the American Idol contestants that have made the top 40:Casey Abrams (1)Clay Aiken (1)Kris Allen (3)David Archuleta (1)Bo Bice (1)Kelly Clarkson (22)David Cook (5)Chris Daughtry (15)Lee DeWyze (2)James Durbin (1)Tori Kelly (2)Kimberly Locke (1)Katherine McPhee (1)Phillip Phillips (4)Haley Reinhart (1)Jordin Sparks (4)Carrie Underwood (7)Eliot Yamin (1)Total HAC Top 40 hits by American Idol Contestants: 73
With “Piece By Piece,” @Kelly_Clarkson scores the 64th Hot AC hit for an @AmericanIdol contestant. It’s her 20th AT40 hit.
@blujayyoungs" I wonder who the other 44 are haha
01/22/16 12:43 AM
She (points at Trisha Yearwood) had [Kelly] Clarkson
come out, and you know Clarkson has no ceiling, whatsoever. She’s very
rare. One of those very rare artists I don’t know if I’ve ever heard the
top of her range, so, it’s amazing.
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01/26/16 11:09 AM
Garth Brooks was asked during a press conference who his dream non-country collaborations would be and the first singer he named was Kelly Clarkson!
“[She] has no ceiling, whatsoever,” Brooks said of Clarkson. “She’s
very rare. One of those very rare artists [that] I don’t know if I’ve
ever heard the top of her range, so it’s amazing.”
The second artist he named is Chicago resident, Lady Gaga!
01/26/16 9:59 PM
01/28/16 1:14 PM
This week, American Idol began
the actual business of finding its 15th winner. The departing reality
competition kicked off its final Hollywood Week, the post-audition boot
camp where contestants are deprived of sleep and forced to work with
each other and generally subjected to other horrible conditions. If they
stick it out, and keep their energy up through some semifinal rounds,
contestants can reach the finals, where they’re guaranteed airtime,
glammed-up makeovers, more pointed critiques, and the promise of mugging
for a major sponsor or two.
Only 168 people in the world can currently claim to be American Idol finalists; at the end of February, that number will rise to 178. (Thanks to the variance of talent pools and Fox’s faith in Idol’s
ability to pump up its ratings, the number of finalists has varied from
season to season; the final run’s finalist-tally of ten matches that of
its first year.) As a warm-up.........
168. Danny Gokey (Season 8, Placed 3rd)Season eight was perhaps Idol's pinnacle; it also had a contestant who might have been the closest villain analogue Idol has
ever had to offer: Danny Gokey, an early-odds favorite whose wife had
passed away shortly before he auditioned with "I Heard It Through the
Grapevine." He stuck around for a long time, vanquishing contestants
with okay-enough performances that would sometimes tip over into horror
(recall the Gokey Scream)
and sometimes be just really boring (the anodyne "What Hurts the Most")
and too often be capped with that heart-hands gesture and never, ever
result in his being in the show's bottom three. His snide comments
about "loving" his fellow contestants in a strictly “Godly way,” which
came before season-eight runner-up Adam Lambert came out on the cover of
Rolling Stone, played both to his fanbase and to those who were
looking for reasons to vote him off. Which they did, setting the stage
for a finale with two singers (Lambert and Kris Allen) who had honed
their talent on-air — and become nail-polish-matching friends in the process.
167. Lee DeWyze (Season 9, Winner)The suspicion that Idol's
voting mechanisms were fundamentally broken kicked into overdrive at
the end of season nine, when one of the two finalists put the opening
line of "With a Little Help From My Friends" to the test. The singer who
sang that line out of tune — who just happened to be a white guy
bearing a guitar — wound up winning the competition over earth-mother
(and better singer) Crystal Bowersox. Sure, the paint salesman from
Illinois was marketable in the sense that he appealed directly to the Idol
demographic of aging ladies. But there was something off about his rise
to the top, especially when that final showdown came to pass. More on
4. Adam Lambert (Season 8, Runner-up)He brought sitars, “Mad World,” glitter, and Burning-Man weirdness to the Idol stage, which says a lot.
Even when his vocals wavered, he remained the compelling white-hot
center of season eight, a completely unpredictable one-man carnival
whose energy transformed that year of Idol into one still argued about today. It’s almost right that he didn’t win; he didn’t need the spotlight afforded by an Idol
victory, and his performing background no doubt made him aware that the
best performers are the ones who let their co-stars shine just as
3. Carrie Underwood (Season 4, Winner)Oklahoma-born
Carrie Underwood wowed Simon with an early-season cover of Tiffany (!),
and quickly found her country-rock niche, belting out Heart’s “Alone”
like a seasoned pro and proving herself able to hang with Roy Orbison,
the Dixie Chicks, even purveyors-of-schmaltz Air Supply. Her smoothly
confident performances and powerhouse voice helped Idol expand into the country space, and established her as a future Nashville hit-maker.
2. Fantasia Barrino (Season 3, Winner)With a backstory worthy of a Lifetime movie
and a voice that the word “unique” hardly does a millipart of justice
to, Fantasia has taken a trip that ranks as one of the most potent Idol
success stories. Her spine-tingling top-eight performance of
“Summertime” still ranks as one of the show’s best, a
lightning-in-a-bottle moment that she somehow managed to replicate for
that year’s final episode, ensuring the crown and her place in Idol lore.
1. Kelly Clarkson (Season 1, Winner)When American Idol launched, it had the subtitle The Search for a Superstar.
If it had ended after Kelly Clarkson was crowned, in September 2002, it
could have sat back with a sigh, content that it had fulfilled its
mission. Clarkson's run to the inaugural title wasn't perfect; she could
be pitchy and, sometimes, a bit too excited. But Idol's
viewership fell in love with her boisterous performances of "It's
Raining Men" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman," and with
good reason. She was, no joke, a cocktail waitress from Texas who had
been goaded by her friends to try out on a lark, and she could sing her
face off. Pop music is certainly better for her having won (just ask
everyone who's ripped off "Since U Been Gone" over the past
decade-plus), and Idol couldn't have had a better original
victor. Clarkson was, and is, charming and bright, a true up-from-below
success story made even sweeter by its protagonist's effervescent charm
and formidable pipes.
01/30/16 8:03 PM
02/02/16 1:52 PM
Kelly Clarkson has been open about her difficult pregnancies, primarily concerning her severe morning sickness, but also how they have affected her ability to make appearances.
The artist recently told Houston’s 96.5 that her doctor advised choosing between attending the 2016 Grammys or appearing on American Idol’s last season to perform and serve as a guest judge.
“I was going to do the Grammys and Idol, and then my doctor
was kind of like, I just have such hard pregnancies, flying back and
forth to L.A., like if they were closer together, I would’ve done both,
but I had to kind of choose one,” she explains.
The singer was faced with a tough call, but for her it was a no-brainer which one was the right event to attend.
“I obviously chose Idol because it’s ending and I was the
original winner, so it’d kinda be weird if I wasn’t there. I’m
unfortunately going to have to miss the Grammys, because my doctor was
like ‘Yeah, that’s not too smart for you …’ I was pretty bummed I’m
gonna miss the Grammys this year,” she adds.
The difficult choices and tough sicknesses will all be worth....
02/05/16 2:25 PM
Since her move, much of her work has been for a music publishing company. She often spends three or more days per week pairing up with other prospective songwriting professionals in rooms where many of country music’s — and some of pop music’s — biggest hits are written. One such pairing happened with Trainor and another songwriter, Justin Weaver, three or four years ago, well before the future “All About That Bass” hitmaker had her own record deal. Trainor, too, was just a working Music Row songwriter at the time they wrote “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.”“We thought it would be something we would pitch to Kelly Clarkson,” said Smith, who wasn’t surprised when Trainor did break out as a pop star in 2014. “She definitely had that in her, you could tell.”Trainor opted to use the song for her own album once she signed with Sony.
02/06/16 3:21 AM
02/06/16 2:50 PM
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Broadway Rocks Kelly Clarkson a one-night concert featuring Broadway and up-and-coming performers singing their favorite songs by the first American Idol.
The audience can expect to see performances by Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture, Wicked), Tony Nominee Robin De Jesus (In The Heights, Wicked, CAMP), Julia Mattison (Godspell, Ruby Manger), Mike Longo (Beautiful, Kinky Boots), Brandon Beynon (Treasure Island, The Hunger Games Musical), Jessica Crouch (We Will Rock You), Alex Wyse (Spring Awakening, Lysistrata Jones), Jessica Hendy (Cats, Aida, Amour), Bonnie Milligan (Kinky Boots, Jasper in Deadland), Mike Schwitter (Pippin, Book of Mormon), Jenyth Rosati (54 Sings Alanis Morissette), Robert Ariza (Spring Awakening), Renee Reinecke (54 Sings Alanis Morissette), J. Daughtry (Beautiful, Motown), Lauren Chapman (Kinky Boots), Jane Bruce (Theory of Relativity, Songwriters' Sessions), The Mashup Project featuring Anna Ty Bergman, Kerri George, and Jen Brissman as well as Saint Adeline featuring Drew Gasparini, Kasie Gasparini, and Chloe Gasparini.
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