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Country girl at heart, Kelly Clarkson, graces the cover of the newest edition of Life & Style magazine. In this article, Kelly opens up about her new physique and, buzz worthy, new relationship.
The message Kelly sends to readers … she hasn’t crossed over to the “dark side” and allowed the pressures of celebrity to get to her, forcing her to lose weight. The “Stronger” singer (pun intended) did it for herself! Although, her boyfriend, Brandon Blackstock – Reba McEntire‘s stepson and CEO of Starstruck Management Group (also manager of Blake Shelton) – DOES have a little bit to do with Kelly’s choice to get into better shape.
Kelly told Life & Style, “No one wants to be untoned when you’re dating someone.” However, while Kelly and Brandon do not work out together, they do share the same trainer. “We did that once, and I don’t like huffin’ and puffin’ in front of my man and looking all red and gross and sweaty.”
For more on Kelly and other stars sporting notable body transformations, pick up the newest copy of Life & Style Weekly. And don’t forget to tune into Duets on ABC every Thursday night at 8:00pm EST to see both Kelly and Jennifer Nettles perform with their hand-selected, amateur partners.
Although some of the show’s details were as well-guarded as Fort Knox (uh, insanely complicated judging system, I’m looking at you), ABC has been hyping its new singing competition “Duets” for weeks. By combining the superstar power of Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland) and Robin Thicke, ABC was attempting to create the musical equivalent of Captain Planet’s Planeteers. With each superstar wearing their unique “ring,” they have the potential to combine to form a musical super force, evidenced by the show’s opening number of “Let Me Entertain You.” Clarkson brings a powerhouse voice and a uniquely unaffected charm, while Robin Thicke is the perfect combination of smug and sexy. Jennifer Nettles seems like the ideal next-door neighbor with her twangy drawl, but she’s a force to be reckoned with on stage, and John Legend mellows out the panel with his cool charm and smooth vocals.
The show quickly launched into the live music, focusing only a bit of time on the audition process, which seemed to be random and at the superstars’ discretion. Team Jennifer hit the stage first and although we may have snarked a bit over her partner J. Rome’s cheesy photo on ABC’s website, the New Jersey native proves to be a vocal powerhouse, shining alongside Nettles on the Sugarland song “Tonight.” The audience and the judges love it (a common theme of the evening) and the show is off with a bang. We’re only one performance in and I’m already convinced that ABC picked the perfect ambassador to make country music shine on this show with Jennifer Nettles.
The first ladies of ABC’s upcoming singing show “Duets,” Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and country music’s favorite adopted daughter, Kelly Clarkson, sat down with “Access Hollywood” to discuss their new reality TV endeavor and what will make them each a great judge. While Kelly feels that her own reality past prepared her for his mentorship role because she was once in the contestant’s shoes, Jennifer’s strength as a judge lies in her honest opinions and genuine excitement for the performances each week. She admits that she loves that she can “get in the trenches” and perform with the contestants, while Kelly loves the unexpected collaborations and themes that she describes like an awards show.
Well, we don’t know about you, but we’re sold and will be tuning in! Will you?
ABC’s “Duets” has unveiled the partners for its debut season’s celebrity cast. “Duets” is a singing competition that pairs individuals with well-known recording artists and gives these aspiring singers the opportunity to duet with somebody who is already atop the charts.
Singing with Sugarland’s lead vocalist, Jennifer Nettles, are J Rome and John Glosson. J Rome hails from Maryland, where he began singing under the influence of Gladys Knight & The Pips, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. J Rome has been posting his own performances on YouTube since 2007. John is from Georgia and grew up singing in church choir and continued in that sector throughout college. Typically only a group member, John is now trying his hand at becoming a soloist.
Pairing up with country music’s favorite stepchild, Kelly Clarkson, are Jason Farol and Jordan Meredith. Jason is a native Californian with roots in jazz and blues. By combining these styles with R&B, Jason discovered his own unique style that undoubtedly caught Kelly’s attention. Jordan grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, being sung to by her father, which ignited her love for music. This love for music is widespread, as Jordan can be found singing along to country, pop, and rock music no matter where she may be.
We wish all the “Duets” contestants good luck and look forward to seeing their talents evolve through the coaching of Jennifer Nettles and Kelly Clarkson. Which duets are you most looking forward to and why?
Singer-songwriter, Matt Nathanson, celebrated the world premiere of the music video for his single, “Run,” yesterday. The track features Sugarland with Jennifer Nettles lending her smooth vocals, and appears on Nathanson’s latest album, Modern Love.
Nathanson is currently on tour opening for Kelly Clarkson on the Stronger Tour, and is also out on the road for his All Night Noise Tour. I had the pleasure of seeing Nathanson perform on the Stronger Tour back in January. He is a very talented artist with excellent stage presence, and he also happens to be extremely funny. If you have seen him live, you probably understand the quick shot of the scrabble board in the new video for “Run.”
Meanwhile, country super duo, Sugarland, will be hitting the road in April for their In Your Hands Tour. In addition, Nettles will be one of the judges/mentors on ABC’s upcoming show, Duets, along with Clarkson, Lionel Richie, and Robin Thicke.
Continue reading to check out the video premiere…
It’s time for our “Video Picks of the Week.”
This week’s music video is Jack Ingram, “Lips Of An Angel.” The song was originally sung and made popular by the rock band, Hinder. Ingram later gave the song his own spin and earned himself a country hit with his version. The track served as the lead single off of his album, This is It.
I have always enjoyed Ingram’s version and it introduced me to his music back in 2006.
Here is his website: http://www.jackingram.net/.
Continue reading for our live performance and cover videos…
Looks like Blake Shelton is rubbing off on Kelly Clarkson. The same week that she made her adviser debut on NBC’s The Voice, ABC announced that Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Nettles will be part of the cast for a brand new singing competition coming to ABC this Summer. “Duets” will star Kelly, Jennifer, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke look for the newest talent in America to sing with them on the show. ABC is planning on taking the judges out of the chairs and on to the stage to do what they do best – sing and perform – with their two new proteges. It should be interesting to see how Kelly and Jennifer do.
Check out the first preview video sent to us from ABC and let us know what you think about the original American Idol and Sugarland‘s lead singer on this new competition. Will you tune in? Or are you still partial to The Voice, American Idol, or X-Factor? Let us know!
The Academy of Country Music has announced their full line-up of artists for their Lionel Richie special. The all-star concert tapes on April 2nd in Las Vegas, a day after the ACM awards, but will be aired on CBS on April 13th. Lionel is celebrating the release of his country duets album “Tuskegee” in a big way by inviting some of his friends to perform with his at the special. Joining Lionel on-stage will be Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Kenny Rogers, and Tim McGraw. Singing some of Lionel’s biggest hits as a tribute to the singer will be The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Jennifer Nettles, and Luke Bryan.
“It has been so rewarding to have my songs embraced by country music artists,” said Lionel Richie. “Since Conway Twitty recorded ‘Three Times a Lady’ and Kenny Rogers sang ‘Lady,’ I have been welcomed into the country music family with open arms. It’s the ultimate compliment to have country artists record and perform songs that I’ve written. I’ve always felt right at home in country because I was raised just down the road from Nashville in Tuskegee, Alabama, where I was immersed in country, R&B, gospel and classical music. This show will be a homecoming and family reunion combined, and I’m so glad that viewers will be able to share these special moments with us. It will be a night that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Tickets for “Lionel Richie And Friends In Concert” are on-sale right now at ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $100 and benefit ACM Lifting Lives, which focuses on improving lives in the United States through music.
We love when celebrities help out good causes! Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles recently walked the red carpet and catwalk for the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show hosted by The Heart Truth, an organization created to help raise awareness for women’s heart disease.
In her stunning red dress, Jennifer and others strutted their stuff for NY Fashion Week raising both money and awareness for this worthy cause. Nettles posted a recap of the event on their blog to share with fans, which we have also posted below:
“Hello My Sweets,
We have been enjoying a small break from the road. We’ve been writing and enjoying our families, and now we’re starting to gear back up for our new tour that kicks off in April. As we’re beginning to poke our heads through the ice of our winter hibernation, I made a fun outing at New York’s Fashion Week. I was invited to walk the catwalk for the Heart Truth charity.
Heart Truth hopes to raise awareness for women’s heart disease. (Incidentally, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the US.) So, in honor of this very worthy cause, I decided step outside my usual comfort zone on the stage and walk the catwalk for New York’s Fashion Week. (I mean hey, if you’ve never walked a catwalk before, why not start in NY for Fashion week right?!). I’ve included some highlights so you can see some of the photos from this fun and worthy event.