Things have come full circle for multi-talented pop star Kelly Clarkson. From rising to fame after winning the first season of 2002’s American Idol to coaching (and still winning!) NBC’s The Voice and now prepping to host her own daytime talk show, the 36 year-old superstar dropped by Late Night With Seth Meyers on Thursday (Sept. 20) to talk about her long list of exciting future projects with host Meyers.
After winning her first season as a coach on The Voice earlier this year, Meyers asked if Clarkson could brag about the accomplishment a little bit. “Blake [Shelton] and I made a bet. If I won, he had to call me Queen Kelly and if he won, I had to shut up for five minutes. I’m still talking!” the singer joked.
Returning to stages nationwide in January — her first headline run in three years — Clarkson shared the details of her upcoming Meaning of Life tour, which will include support from Kelsea Ballerini and her Voice protege, Brynn Cartelli. “It’s a whole lot of women in this tour!” she opened up. “I was actually kind of worried because its a lot of females, but we all bring something so different to the stage. I also think you get to an age in life you just love hanging out with people you love and you want to work with the people you love.”
“When you go on tour, do your kids come with you?” Meyers asked. “Yes, all four of them have come out at some point but the two younger ones are pretty much always with me” she said of the Clarkson clan — River, Remington, Savannah and Seth. For 11-year-old Seth, the stage is already a second home. “He goes on stage with me a lot, he loves it! None of our kids have a confidence problem.” she added joking.
Officially confirming that she will host a daytime talk show next fall, Clarkson shared that although she can’t wait for the experience, she is also a little scared. “The one fear I have is how am I going to do a talk show when I don’t shut up?” she said laughing. “You do need to listen to your guests,” Meyers agreed noting, “Is that what the bet with Blake was all about?!”
Eager to give Clarkson a bit of practice in being an active listener, Meyers suggested they switch-up seats so Clarkson could get her feet wet. Taking all of Meyers’ tips, Clarkson made herself comfortable in her new chair, grabbing the host’s cards and asking “Who was your worst guest so I don’t ever invite them?” Meyers busted out laughing answering, “I’ll tell you backstage but from someone who hosts a talk show… I’m smart enough to not say that on air. You don’t want to poison the well.”
“The problem with bad guests is that you have to do all the talking. But you’re already a talker!” Meyers added. “I hope I get a lot of bad guests!” Clarkson said laughing. “I think you’re going to be great at it” the host said with confidence.
Check out Clarkson on Late Night below.