When Kelly Clarkson Got Her Start Fresh Off Her 2002 american idol win, the music industry wanted it to fit into the mold of the pop stars of the time: Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and Christina Aguilera.
“The most important thing for me is that I never thought I would fight so hard to just be myself,” she said Variety in an interview published Wednesday. “People don’t think what you’re going to sell is going to make them money, and I was like, ‘Well, I’m just going to be myself. If that happens to you, that’s great. apologies.’ It worked, the hard work. But it was very difficult.”
Now 40, Clarkson has managed to stay true to herself, Texas twang and all, on her hit albums, as a judge on The voicehost of American Song Contest and, above all, daytime talker The Kelly Clarkson Showreturning for a fourth season on September 12, in the time slot leading to the local news and previously occupied by The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“No one will fill Ellen’s shoes,” said the “Stronger” performer. “I have such a high regard for the Oprahs and the Ellens. Few people can conquer what they have conquered. My team is very enthusiastic and I believe in my team. But I am by no means filling anyone’s shoes – I don’t want that pressure.”
Clarkson recalled being a big fan of Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show in the ’90s. This season, she’s looking forward to her competitors’ debuts, believe it or not. And she specifically called the hosts of the new Sherry and The Jennifer Hudson Showstarred american idol favorite.
“I’m so excited for Sherri Shepherd. I’m so excited for her. She’s one of my favorite guests. I literally pole dance with her on my show,” Clarkson said. “And I’m so excited for Jennifer Hudson. Who would have thought that two girls from idol would do this sort of thing?”
And no, there is no competition there.
“There’s room for everyone,” she said. “I just wanted to say that because I don’t like how people pit us against each other. I want to make sure everyone knows we support each other. We are all so different, and daytime is a great platform for all of us to bring something positive into the world.”
Daytime TV also gives her quality time with the parent. Clarkson has two children, daughter River Rose, 8, and son Remington, 6, with her ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock. (An album filled with songs she wrote after their breakup is due out next year.) She’s making parenting a priority — this season, the show pushed everything back 30 minutes so she could get the kids to school — but she still has a guilt with her mother.
“My mom, I called her once – this was years ago – and I was like, ‘Am I seeing my kids enough?’ And she said, ‘Oh my god, Kelly, you see your kids a lot more than I see you!’” Clarkson said. “A lot of people don’t have the resources, so I’m very lucky. The planning can get tricky, but I have such a great team: everyone at NBC is great and everyone wants everyone to be successful. It’s really helpful to have that kind of unity.” in your area at work There are many parents on the talk show and at The voice and on my label. And there are many women.”
Yes, there have been changes across the industry since Clarkson’s arrival. She insists that she has remained the same.
“I find I’m incredibly normal. I don’t know how that happened,” she told the publication. “I always feel sorry for artists who have nowhere to go. I can always go to Target whenever I want. Somehow I’ve been lucky.”