‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson stopped by the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, where she performed ‘Before Your Love’ and chatted with Jay afterwards. Read on for a transcript.
Jay: Hey, Kelly. Welcome back.
[ Cheers and applause ] Good to see you again. You haven’t met Rosie before?
Kelly: No, I haven’t. And I was so excited.
Rosie: I’m so excited, ’cause I started on “Star Search,” which was the same kind of thing as “American Idol,” 20 years ago. I started on “Star Search.”
Kelly: Well, maybe I’ll have a career as good as yours.
Rosie: I hope you do. Keep believing, honey. You can do it.
Jay: Now how is your town doing? I keep seeing it on tv. And they make it —
Kelly: My town is going crazy. And you know what? I just talked to my mother and the funniest thing happened. This lady is called Ida Mae Clarkson. That’s her name. And she’s the only Clarkson because my mom got married again. She doesn’t have my last name.
Kelly: So this poor old woman gets, like, mail, like 30 phone calls a day. And I feel so bad for her. My mom is like — she keeps calling her saying, “sorry.” But my town’s going crazy. Yeah.
Jay: Is it a big town?
Kelly: No. I mean, it’s a fairly small town. I mean, it’s not like they make it out — like, they showed the footage of my town on the show, and it’s like the lawn mower shop. [ Laughter ] I didn’t even know we had a lawn mower shop. I was like, “what?” Like this old man coming out, he’s like 90. My town isn’t that small.
Jay: I keep waiting for like Andy Griffith and barney to pull up.
Kelly: Yeah, yeah.
Jay: “Kelly, yeah, she’s out there in Hollywood.”
Kelly: “That them there done good.” No, we don’t talk like that.
[ Laughter ]
Jay: Have you changed your number, yet?
Kelly: No. And like fans have my number. I think somebody put it on the website.
Jay: Oh, welcome to show business.
Kelly: Yeah. This guy jack calls me all the time, and a Peggy.
Jay: Jack calls you, too! I can’t believe it! You know Jack!
Kelly: I love Jack.
Kelly: It’s so funny, ’cause he’s like, “you can come to my party.” And I’m like, “what?”
Jay: Like you talk like they’re normal. “Oh, yes, okay.”
Kelly: He’s probably a great guy, jack, I just don’t know him. I’m like, “how do I go to a party with you?”
Kelly: I’m crazy enough to go, though. I’d go, “all right!”
Rosie: What address, you know?
[ Laughter ]
Jay: Now have you started dating any of the Hollywood sleazeballs yet? Have they hit on you yet?
Kelly: No, not at all.
Jay: The traditional Hollywood creepy guys that come around.
Kelly: No, not so much. Not so much.
Jay: None of the 52-year-old guys?
[ Laughter ]
Kelly: No, and I hope that doesn’t happen.
Jay: Well, thank you very much. [ Laughter ] I’m teasing. Oh, stop. So I said it. I heard you were with Reba. You did a show with Reba.
Kelly: Oh, my god. Oh, she’s my idol. I sang her song, the song that
I sang with her on the show, “does he love you,” we did that on the Las Vegas show. And I have to tell you, I never get nervous. Like ever. And I was like — before the show started, I was like, “I know I’m gonna screw up with Reba McEntire.” It was so much fun, though. It was really — she’s so nice.
Jay: She is very nice.
Kelly: You have to meet her.
Jay: And you’re nice, too. I mean, it’s fun to be at this, kinda watch this happen to you because it’s very exciting. Each time you come back, you’re more polished, and it’s fun to watch you grow and become a huge star. So congratulations.
Kelly: I haven’t seen that.
Jay: This is the new “American Idol” CD.