Kelly Clarkson Fears ‘American Idol’ Ruined Her Voice

Globe magazine reports ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson fears that she may have ruined her voice after a grueling schedule on the show and now with touring and recording her debut album. “She’s worried that being on Idol has wrecked her beautiful voice,” a pal said. “Kelly was encouraged to practice singing every day during the show’s run. It was brutal. Her voice became terribly strained.”

A source close to Kelly fumed that the honchos behind American Idol “are interested only in making money off the kids, – not in the longevity of their careers. I think Kelly’s future is of no interest to them, they only care about TV ratings and record sales.”

The source added, “How is she every going to rest her voice? Kelly is seriously wondering whether doing the show was worth the risk of losing her voice for good.”

Simon Cowell Checks Out Laptops And Digital Cameras

October 29, 2002 – The New York Post reports ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell was spotted trying to buy a laptop in The Wiz in New York City, which was in a shambles of renovation, and looking at digital cameras.

Candie Coleman Heads To LA For ‘American Idol 2’

October 27, 2002 – Adam Graham of The Detroit News spoke with ‘American Idol 2’ hopeful Candie Coleman who was in disbelieve after being told she’s going to Hollywood for the next round of the hit show. “This whole time, I’ve been trying to be somewhat indifferent, so I don’t set myself up for disappointment. I’ve been trying to keep a realistic viewpoint. But still, this is pretty cool,” says Coleman, 22. “It’s all pretty surreal right now. I’m pretty sure I’m still in shock.” She heads for Hollywood mid-November.

Top Tamyra Gray Search Queries In September

October 27, 2002 – Searches for ‘American Idol’ finalist Tamyra Gray were quite strong during the month of September on pay-per search engine The search interest for Tamyra Gray (17,988 total) was more than triple Christina Christian and over 13 times that of Nikki McKibbon, who somehow managed more interest from voters during the show. The most searched misspelling was Tamyra Grey with 1,415 queries. The most searched song was ‘A House Is Not A Home?’, a Luther Vandross hit that Gray covered during her ‘Idol’ run, with 53 queries.

Christina Christian Expects Album By May 2003

October 26, 2002 – reports ‘American Idol’ finalist Christina Christian expects to have an album in the stores by May of next year, but as far as the contract and the company, “I don’t like anybody to know before it’s out of the bag. But it’s a pretty big one.”

‘American Idol’ Boosts Simon Cowell’s Love Life

October 25, 2002 – Globe magazine caught up with ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell who says the smash TV show has boosted his love life “100 percent, because the ice is already broken.” He says, “I’ve always hated chatting girls up. Fame means they feel they already know you, so it’s easier.” As for how he compares American girls to those of his native England, Cowell said, “American girls are slightly nuttier, but in a funny way I like.”

Canadians Want To Be American Idols

October 25, 2002 – Bill Brious of the Toronto Sun has a problem with CTV’s plans to bring the ‘American Idol’ franchise to Canada and call it ‘Canadian Idol’. Brious said, “How can you have a show called Canadian Idol in a country that doesn’t have a star system? Besides, Canadians don’t want to be Canadian idols. Canadians want to be American Idols.”

RJ Helton And ‘American Idols’ Party At Gay Hotspot

October 25, 2002 – American Idol finalist RJ Helton called into the Q100 Bert Show on Monday, and talked about clubbing with some other ‘Idol’ stars and their security, though wouldn’t name where. Turns out, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that RJ and pals went to gay hot spot Backstreet. ‘Idol’ hottie Ryan Starr allegedly went backstage to glean makeup tips from the drag queens in their dressing room while the show’s DJ Melissa Carter commented, “If you’re out and can’t seem to remember where you were, chances are you were at Backstreet, my friend!” Audio at has since been removed.

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