Kelly Clarkson Tells Parade: ‘I Feel Like I Can Handle Anything’

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In an exclusive Parade interview, Grammy-winning Kelly Clarkson, 37, reflects on how her experience as a breakout star from American Idol and a coach on The Voice prepared her for her latest gig—hosting The Kelly Clarkson Show, which debuts Monday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. ET on NBC  

Lifelong Fan. In addition to appearing on a long list of talk shows herself, Clarkson is a longtime, true-blue fan of the format who “grew up on Oprah,” she says. “My mom and I watched every day after school.” She also loves the humor of Ellen DeGeneres—and is delighted that The Kelly Clarkson Show will lead into The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the NBC afternoon lineup.  

Advice From Reba. Country superstar Reba McEntire (former stepmother of Clarkson’s husband, Brandon Blackstock) gave her some valuable advice—about delegating and letting go. “She told me, ‘You’re caring too much about too many things. You have to have people in the right spots,’” says Clarkson. “I used to suffer from depression and could easily slip back into that if I weren’t steadily paying attention to time management. With all the things that I do, I definitely need time for me.”

Going Live. What’s next? Maybe Broadway! And she’d love to get a spot on an upcoming NBC Live production. Her suggestion: “I want them to do White Christmas. I want to be Rosemary Clooney!” 
For more about Kelly and her new talk show, see Sunday’s Parade or go to Parade.com.

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