Why Kelly is Rubbing Me the Wrong Way
It’s fascinating to me how Kelly Clarkson is suddenly so vocal these days about her “horrible experience on American Idol.” Why do I get the feeling that David would never reveal such things about the show, no matter what?
And maybe that’s why Kelly’s remarks are starting to rub me the wrong way. I mean, don’t get me wrong: I too think the Idol set-up leaves many contestants with the wrong end of the deal. But of all the Idol contestants these past 11 years, Kelly Clarkson is one of the lucky ones, not least of which is the fact that she’s the original Idol. And yet, she’s now trash-talking the show? I mean, for real?
And, I’m sorry, but I’m so not feeling her grievances. Until she can talk about how the show leaked unflattering things about her dad to gossip sites like TMZ, for which that site and the show share the same parent company, until she can express anger that Simon Cowell went on other shows to bash her personality, until she can point to the ways that the show sabotaged her chances of winning by insinuating that she had unfair advantages to win – all things that David Archuleta had to endure mind you – I’m soooo not feeling her!
Now, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that Kelly Clarkson had less than favorable opinions about Idol. We saw it in the way she had distanced herself from the show when she had her runaway hit album, Breakaway. We saw it in the way that she didn’t bother to thank American Idol when she won her first Grammy (to the point that Simon Cowell threw a very public hissy fit when she didn’t acknowledge her beginnings as the first Idol winner). We saw it in the way that she publicly went to war with RCA when she put out her My December album. We saw it when she publicly declared The Voice a better show than American Idol, and of late, we see it in the way she discusses her reasons to participate in her current show Duets (wanting to give young talent the “mentoring” she never received).
My thing is: why say anything negative now? Is it because the silent gag order has now been lifted, and she feels suddenly free to air all her rage and grievances? How long before David’s silent gag order is lifted?
And see: that to me is the difference here, and why I love me some David Archuleta and why I can appreciate Kelly Clarkson’s talent but would never ever idolize her. It’s the difference between grace, dignity, and respect. I don’t think David got a fair deal when he was on Idol, but something tells me David would never talk to the press about what went on behind the scenes on Idol. He has been nothing but gracious and respectful about his time on the show and its influence in getting him exposure and a dedicated fanbase.
I wish other Idols could display the same level of grace.