Kelly Clarkson Admits Competing on ‘American Idol’ Wasn’t Fun

Kelly Clarkson started out by winning the first season of American Idol. Her career has sort of come full circle because now she’s a judge on a reality talent show, The Voice.

She is continuing to open up about her experience winning the show. Find out why she said it wasn’t fun and more.

Kelly Clarkson revealed she didn’t want to win American Idol

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Clarkson was the first person to win American Idol. She has managed to continue having a music career since then. She previously revealed that she didn’t actually want to win.

“I do remember Justin [Guarini] and I having the conversation before, and I was like, ‘I don’t want to win, I don’t want to win, because we found out we had to do a movie, ” Clarkson told Entertainment Weekly.

The singer’s passion is more about music and acting scared her. “He really wanted to do a movie,” she said. “And I really didn’t want to do a movie. I was like, ‘It would be really super cool if I got second and you got first, because the winner has to do the movie and the second one doesn’t.”

There might be a reunion

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Clarkson is getting her very own talk show. She might have passed up being a judge on American Idol again, but there are talks of a reunion for her show.

“We just talked about that earlier. With Paula [Abdul] and Randy[Jackson]. Yeah, the three of us,” Simon Cowell said according to Us Weekly. “Could be the three of us. The last time I saw Kelly, she came when I got that star last year. Yeah …  that meant a lot to me, you know, because, you know, she and I started the show.”

Cowell talked about where Clarkson is now in her career. “Just seeing how she’s done as an artist. … Now how she’s progressed on TV — and not everyone’s like this, by the way,” he said.

The America’s Got Talent judge continued, “I mean, she is the most loyal, nice person, I mean genuinely. You know, who she is on camera is who she is off-camera. But what’s great about Kelly is she’s always made her own decisions. She doesn’t need to be told what to do. She knows exactly what she’s doing. She’s a great person.”

She said American Idol wasn’t fun

The season one winner talked about how television has changed since she competed on the show. Now she’s a judge on a different talent show, which is different from years ago.

“Everyone looks at talent shows on TV now like it’s normal. It was not normal my first season and a lot of people didn’t like it,” Clarkson said according to People. “It was not fun in the beginning.”

She is still thankful for her career path. “It’s like that Rascal Flatts song. Like, ‘God Bless the Broken Road’,” she said. Clarkson added, “Because it’s really cool, where it’s brought me.”

The Kelly Clarkson Talk Show will premiere on Sept. 9 on NBC.