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Kelly Clarkson's recent tour rolls on, with covers of Katy Perry, Britney Spears hits (as well as one from .fun) marking some of her recent highlights.

Not that those three songs are shabby to start with, but the American Idol winner makes anything sound terrific. She needs to do a cover album!

Here's Kelly performing Britney's old school "Everytime" in Las Vegas ...

... and Katy Perry's current smash "Wide Awake" ...

... and after the jump, .fun's "We Are Young" ...

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With the search for new American Idol judges on, Kelly Clarkson knows exactly who should get the gig.

Carrie Underwood!

Carrie Underwood Live

"Didn't she major in journalism or something?" Clarkson said to Us Weekly of her fellow former winner. "And she can have that face... that bluff face! She can put that on! She would be good."

She'd be terrific. Underwood has the resume, and the charm and the personality, as evidenced by her CMA Awards hosting gigs.

But she also has the mammoth success and we can't see her needing to take the job for any sort of career bump.

Still, it's an intriguing idea, isn't it? Would you want to see Carrie Underwood as an American Idol judge?

 


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She's the American Idol champion! Again!

Based on new figures that came out on July 4, Kelly Clarkson is responsible for the top-selling single of anyone ever associated with the Fox smash, as Billboard reports "Stronger" has sold 3,510,000 copies.

Take that, Carrie Underwood!

Okay, we actually adore Carrie Underwood, but it's that artist's mark that Clarkson broke. The previous best-selling single had been "Before He Cheats," which moves 3,509,000 copies in 2006.

Overall, Underwood remains in the lead as the most popular Idol ever, however. She has moved 13,205,000 total albums as of yesterday, while Kelly is closing in with 11,664,000.

Which of these talented artists is your favorite?

 

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Kelly Clarkson singing Coldplay? Like Usher singing Foster the People, it's a cover we can't say we saw coming, but one you'll find is memorably good.

The American Idol winner and Duets star paid a visit to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge - the same venue as Usher's aforementioned cover - last week.

On it, she took on the Coldplay and Rihanna hit "Princess of China" in stripped down, acoustic rendition featuring just guitar, mandolin and vocals.

Watch below as she nails both Rihanna's part and Chris Martin's:

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Life ain't shabby for Kelly Clarkson these days. She's starring on a new reality show, she's dating a guy named Brandon Blackstock and she's shed 30 pounds in the last six months.

How did she accomplish the latter feat?

"I do cardio. I run. I strength-train using my own body weight. I don’t like free weights because I build muscle easily," Clarkson says in the latest issue of Redbook. "Really, what I try to instill in my fans is to be healthy and happy. I have no desire to be super-skinny."

Kelly Clarkson Redbook Cover

Among other topics touched on by Kelly in the interview:

Why is she appearing on Duets? I’m going to be completely honest: I had no one looking out for me [on American Idol]. They were looking out for the show, and it was horrible. I was 19 years old. I was smart enough to know that it wasn’t about me, but that didn’t make it any easier. I’m all cried out about it, but my first four years, I hated my life; I almost quit a dozen times.

On actually being happy: I know, where’s the kick in the ass? I told my assistant that today. I said, “I’m just waiting for something to blow up.” She said, “No, that’s what happiness is.” I’m like, maybe I’ve never been happy! Because Brandon does, he makes me happy.

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Much is being made about Kelly Clarkson‘s newer, thinner figure.

Now the singer herself is opening about it in the new Us Weekly.

Kelly dropped an impressive 30 pounds by working out five days per week and adopting a portion-controlled diet ... funny how that seems to work.

Check out her new body, and take that, Quicktrim.

Kelly Clarkson Weight Loss

Clarkson dropped the excess weight over the course of the past six months, with a source saying she “feels better about herself than she ever has.”

The singer, who remains 10 pounds shy of her goal weight, says that her boyfriend Brandon Blackstock helped inspire her to get back into shape.

“Brandon is the first guy ever who tells her how beautiful and sexy she is. She wants to look good for him,” a source told the celeb news publication.

Whatever her motivation, she looks outstanding.

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Duets debuted on ABC last night and one thing is for certain: Chris Brown fans will NOT be tuning in.

Not when the quartet of judges includes John Legend, whose girlfriend was recently the target of ridiculous death threats from Team Breezy members.

The panel also includes Robin Thicke, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, all of whom won't merely judge aspiring singers, but actually perform with them on stage as well.

First, however, this impressive foursome opened the premiere on its own, leading off last night's episode with a rendition of "Let Me Entertain You." Watch it here:

Will you tune in for Duets?

 

Robin Thicke also performed on Good Morning America Friday a.m. in all his sexy glory. Follow the jump to feast your eyes that effort:

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New American Idol champion Phillip Phillips should take note. He can only hope and pray to have half the career that has blessed original winner Kelly Clarkson.

The talented crooner appeared this week on the Dancing with the Stars finale and sang a medley of "Dark Side" and "Stronger," and now she's unveiled the official music video for the first track.

“Don’t run away, don’t run away, just tell me that you will stay, promise me you will stay,” Clarkson sings below. See for yourself now:

Clarkson - along with John Legend, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke - will anchor a new singing competition on ABC titled Duets. It premieres tonight.

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Kelly Clarkson is an ABC gal now.

The inaugural American Idol champion premieres her new singing competition, Duets, on that network tomorrow night; and she also stopped by on Tuesday to belt out a medley of the singles "Dark Side" and "Stronger" on the Dancing with the Stars finale.

Look for the music video for the former track to be released this week and then watch Clarkson in action now. This artist can seriously bring it, can't she?

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Not that she wasn't prety to begin with, but Kelly Clarkson is looking great these days, showing off a slim, toned physique at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.

The original American Idol took the stage with a sexier look than we're used to seeing, making her performance of "Dark Side" even more memorable.

Kelly also has a new reality show coming out, Duets, and a recent tour that may have contributed to her weight loss. Whatever it is, bravo, girl!

Take a look at her performance below and see for yourself:

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