Skip to comments.'American Idol' Star Wants to Withdraw From Sept. 11 Event
Posted on 09/06/2002 5:41:14 PM PDT by GeneD
Pop queen for one day, and already Kelly Clarkson is stepping into controversy.
Ms. Clarkson, 20, the former comedy-club waitress who triumphed on "American Idol" Wednesday night, has snagged a record contract, a deal with Creative Artists Agency, concert bookings and a single, which is due to arrive on Sept. 17. But today, in an interview with The New York Times, she said she wanted to withdraw from one obligation her new management company, 19 Management, has lined up for her: a performance of the national anthem at a Sept. 11 commemoration at Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
A Washington-based charity, Champions of Hope, had made a deal with 19 Entertainment, one of the producers of the "American Idol" show, for whoever won the competition to sing the national anthem at the organization's "United Day of Service" ceremony on Sept. 11. at the National Mall.
The news spurred criticism that the producers of "American Idol," which attracted 23 million viewers for the show's finale, were turning a day of national mourning into a giant promotional opportunity. Today, Ms. Clarkson said, "I think maybe it's a bad idea."
"If anybody thinks I'm trying to market anything, well, that's awful," she added. "I am not going to do it."
Executives at Fox Television last week began to distance themselves from the deal made by the producers of "Idol." One senior Fox executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a performance that day could be seen as exploitative. "I hope she reconsiders that one," the executive said.
Melissa Helmbrecht, the founder of Champions of Hope, a group that organizes young people to volunteer for community service, said that Ms. Clarkson was still on board.
"She's still scheduled to sing," Ms. Helmbrecht said this afternoon.
Ms. Helmbrecht said that news stations have inquired about covering the event but that it is not scheduled to be broadcast on any specific network. It is open to the public, she said, and no tickets are to be sold.
Tom Ennis, who runs 19 Management, a division of 19 Entertainment Ltd., based in London, said Friday that he would overrule Ms. Clarkson's decision. So she would indeed sing the anthem on Sept. 11?
"Yes," he said.
I say.......GOOD for her.
If yes,I really don't care if she sings.
Better than pulling some lousy singer off the street to sing our National Anthem.
I agree. (However, she probably does have a contract obligation.)
I understand the sentiment, but she most likely signed a contract when she entered the contest that stated certain things would be provided by the show to the winner, and certain obligations would be fulfilled by the winner and this could easily be one of them.
It can be a touchy process but they probably cant legally force her to perform but they may very well be able to find her to have broken her agreement and may terminate their relationship with her.
Its just one of those things she has to decide for herself
before she decides to not perform and then sue them because they broke their contract when she may well be the one who actually did it. She needs to consult her lawyer, IMO.
I imagine that FOX will observe 9/11 with an all day Drew Carry and Married With Children Marathon. So as not to exploit the day.
She should tell all the detractors to stick it.
Well, I think her attitude is attributable to the insults that are being slung her way. I heard some celebrities (don't remember which ones; they're not important enough to me) grouse that she had a nerve taking that gig because she hasn't been a celebrity long enough, that that job should go to some celebrity who has been famous for a long time.
That makes not a whit of sense to me, but it had to be hurtful to her to be attacked that way.
Hats off to this young lady
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