at Kelly Clarkson
reporter tries to land a date with Miss Independent
Kelly Clarkson hit
superstar status after becoming the first-ever American Idol in 2002.
But sheís not just a
reality TV personality. Since her American Idol win, sheís had hit
singles, albums and sold-out shows. Not bad for a gal from Texas who
left Hollywood prior to her Idol audition because her house burned down.
Although sheís a celebrity, Clarkson tries to keep things as normal as
they can be. She took some time prior to her Atlantic City show to talk
to us about getting yelled at on the red carpet, why blonds have more
fun and why you wonít get inside her heart if youíre hoping to be a rock
Kelly, youíre calling me 10 minutes early! Whatís up with that?
I know, I know. I was
just playing at the casino and happened to be up here soÖ
Yeah, I won $200
actually. At the slot machine, randomly enough. My friends were mad
ícause Iím the one with money and Iím the one who ended up winning.
Where are you?
Atlantic City. [Speaks
to someone away from the phone.] Is that right? Yeah, Atlantic City,
it tough to tell where you are?
Well, yeah, I woke up
this morning and didnít know where I was. All I knew was itís my momís
What are you getting her?
Well, I canít tell you
ícause sheís sitting right here.
Congratulations on your VMA [MTV Video Music Awards] nominations. What
type of preparation do you go through in picking a dress and all that
I think other people
get more into it than I do. Iím on tour right now and will be after the
VMAs, so weíre kinda sticking it in between the shows. So Iím sure me
and my stylist will get together, and be like, ďOh I want this colorĒ or
something. But Iím not one of those fashion moguls.
you get starstruck on the red carpet?
No, I just get yelled
at by all the photographers who are yelling your name. Itís like a war
zone. I actually donít usually see anybody on the red carpet. Or
sometimes they make you pose with someone you donít know. But Iím like
ďOK.Ē And then you see the picture in a magazine one day and it says
that you two are best friends.
see. So, when did you go blond?
I did it the night
before I did SNL [Saturday Night Live]. I donít remember what month it
was. [For the record, the show was on Feb. 12]. I was just bored. Iíve
been dying my hair dark for a while. Iím naturally dirty blond. So Iíve
been dying it dark for five years.
what do you prefer for yourself, blond or brunette?
I think I like the
blond. Itís more showy ... for when Iím on stage. There are a lot of
other brunettes on stage. Now you can tell Iím the performer.
[Loud noise.] Did you
Kinda, what was it?
Thatís my show, really
loud. [Pauses.] Ahh, they must be doing sound check.
What time do you go on?
At 8:30 [p.m.]. Iíll be
down there at 7:30 [p.m.].
Whatís been the biggest advantage to being a star?
I can pay my bills, I
think thatís been pretty cool. Especially for someone who grew up never
What about the biggest drawback?
I donít really get to
see my family a whole lot. Well, touring is good ícause I can bring them
out. Like my momís gonna be with me for two weeks. Instead of me missing
her birthday sheís come out to see me. And itís like Thanksgiving, Iím
missing again this year.
How hard has it been to hold onto your old friends?
Well, for me itís not
so bad because my friends have been my friends for like 10 to 15 years.
So they're like family. And I donít really go out a lot in L.A. I'm
barely there. Unless thereís a club we want to go to, and thatís not too
often. Besides, Iím not really into being famous so I think that helps.
So, Kelly, are you single or seeing someone?
Iím single. [Pauses.]
Itís hard. Iím on the road. My whole band is married. I wouldnít know
who Iíd be dating.
Well, what do you look for in a guy?
I like funny guys. I
like humorous guys. Thatís the one thing that wins me over. I like cute
guys, but not too cute. I donít like pretty boys. I want to be cuter
than my guy.
what about seeing a 26-year-old music writer from New Hampshire?
[Laughs.] Yeah, as long
as youíre not playing the music. Iím not into dating the people in the
limelight. Iíd prefer the people behind the scenes.
Well, Kelly, if youíre free and around for your show [in Manchester] and
want to go out, definitely give me a call and Iíll show you the town.