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American Idol

Kelly Clarkson Weighs in On New American Idol 2013 Judges

Everyone and their brother (and sister-in-law’s hairdresser’s cousin three times removed) is weighing in on the new judges for American Idol 2013. So it makes sense the gal who was the first to win it all in the show’s inaugural season would add her two cents.

Mega star Kelly Clarkson, who recently got engaged to Reba McEntire's stepson Brandon Blackstock, says she’s a huge fan of pop icon Mariah Carey:

“I would have loved to have walked into a room and Mariah Carey was sitting there!” Kelly gushed. “She’s not only a great singer she’s also a great songwriter as well.”

On seeing the diva in the flesh during her American Idol audition, Kelly probably would have exclaimed “Cool beans!” Oh wait, she already did that.

The Texas native also shares the love for rapper and judge Nicki Minaj, saying, “Nicki is pretty cool and she represents a whole different side of music. I think it’s pretty cool.”

Which judge are you excited to see on tonight’s big premiere?


01.17.2013 / 12:08 AM EDT by Marnie Brodersen
Related: American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, American Idol Season 12

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