With all the hubbub going on over the recent American Idol finale, there was one thing sitting there in the back of my mind: What does original Idol, Kelly Clarkson, have to say about all of this?
Fortunately, on the very night of the big faceoff between Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, I hit Clarkson's private Tupperware show in NYC for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (more on that below; or visit http://www.facebook.com/chainofconfidence to find out how Tupperware will donate $1 to the BAGCOAs for every 25,000 likes!) on May 25 to stalk her down and ask her opinion on it all. Here's what the pop star (whose next album is due this fall) had to say.
Us: Why did you decide to do this great event?
Kelly Clarkson: I think what Tupperware is doing with the Chain of Confidence is so important, creating a place where women can share confidence, show support and build each other up. I’ve learned how important confidence is, especially in this industry, and I am into anything that helps people just be themselves.
Us: Why is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America so important?
KC: The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is so necessary because they build places where children can have a safe haven and support center, which is so important for kids to have at a young age. That’s where confidence starts!
Us: What do you do to relax?
KC: I love spending time with my friends and family. And I just love to sing. I am also a reality show junkie-you name it, I watch it!
Us: Do you still watch Idol? Who should win?
KC: I do still watch Idol, more this season than any other! I totally love Lauren…I just love when you can see someone sing through their “person” and you can just feel it- she has so much beauty that comes through with her singing.
Us: Will you watch the X Factor?
KC: I will - I love all of those talent shows and think they are great for the whole industry, because they are all about the music and the voice-everything it should be about.
Us: What are your thoughts on having confidence while living in the limelight?
KC: It is so hard to find confidence in this industry when everyone is trying to tell you what they think you should be. I have learned to schedule a lot of "me" time so I can make sure I am always feeling my best. I have also been so lucky that God gave me amazing people in my life that help keep me grounded and be the best I can be.
Us: What's your guilty pleasure?
KC: Reality TV- you name it, I watch it!
Us: Are girls from Texas tougher than girls from the other 49 states?
KC: I am so proud to be from Texas and I can say we definitely have tough girls. Traveling around the country I have noticed there are tough girls all over!
Us: When you get writer's block how do you get over it?
KC: That is such a tough question! Sometimes it is better to just separate for a little while and hang out with family or friends until I can just be back in the writing zone.