Kelly continues to speak out against her handlers in the July issue of Elle Magazine. As you know, her label and Clive Davis especially were dead set against Kelly writing the songs on her upcoming album, My December. But she stuck to her guns and did things her way. Kelly is obviously taking things into her own hands and so far she seems to be doing a pretty good job. Here's more about what she's having to put up with:
- "I am a good singer, so I can't possibly be a good writer," she says, bristling at the implication. "Women can't possibly be good at two things. I haven't lost my temper about it. It only drives me more. If your thing is to bring me down, cool. I'll just work harder."
- "Kelly can sing the phone book," Cowell says. "She doesn't have to be told what to do."
"She was incredible. When you let her come back on the show it makes everybody else look like an amateur," says Cowell, who believes Clarkson is the best winner yet "without question."
- "My label wanted me to sing 'Never Again [at Idol Gives Back],'" she says. "And I was like, To promote yourself on a charity event is beyond crass. People are starving and dying and I'm up there singing some bitter pop song? And believe me, everyone wanted me to sing it. Because they are jaded and they have no soul. Imagine sitting in a room full of people totally against you. Can't they hear themselves speaking? Capitalize on AIDS? Are you kidding? Insulting an entire nation of people? I just refused."
Instead, she sang Griffin's "Up to the Mountain," a folkie spiritual that left many listeners in tears. Clarkson asked the British guitar legend Jeff Beck to accompany her, and she showed not only stylistic growth, but a fresh confidence.
We always said she was a big huge star and biggest AI winner! It's great to see how much Simon still supports her during this crazy time and it will be very interesting to see how many number one hits her album produces this time around.
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