Kelly Clarkson (Superstar)
Who She Is: Most well-known as the first American Idol, Clarkson has gone on to release five albums, sell 20 million records worldwide and win two Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two MTV Music Awards and 11 Billboard Music Awards in her career thus far.
Reality Show Cred: In addition to Idol, Clarkson placed second in the 2003 World Idol competition, and has appeared on both X Factor and Canadian Idol. Most recently, she served as an advisor to Blake Shelton's team on season two of The Voice.
"There Wasn't a Cattle Call": "I was at an award show actually singing a duet and some of the producers came up to me and said, 'We have this idea about doing a whole collaboration show.' At first I was like, "I've already done this" – but then they explained it more and told me that I got to pick my own contestants, anybody I wanted. There wasn't a cattle call for us at any one table."
Virtual Insanity: "We held several different auditions while I was on tour, but the main thing I really wanted everybody to do was submit videos online. I didn't have any money when I auditioned for Idol; they happened to be in Dallas for my audition and if it would have been anywhere else, I wouldn't have had any money to do that. I wanted to make sure everybody had a chance to audition, so I had people submit videos and I watched a hell of a lot of them."
Control Freak: "We found all our own people our own way. It put a lot of the control in our hands and I love that. I also love singing harmony, so they won me over on the aspect of being able to collaborate. It sounds cheesy, but I didn't have anybody helping me. I love that I can do this for these two kids that I picked."
Words to Live By: "How I looked at it on my show, [and on] every show is, somebody might be watching, like a manager or a label head, and [to my amateurs] I'm like , 'We need to make you shine how you want to shine, so if you don't make it, somebody will come calling from that.'"