Former “Idol” Clarkson takes San Diego stage

It was a girl’s night out in San Diego, as “American Idol” alum Kelly Clarkson graced the stage at the San Diego Valley View Casino Center on April 10.

Mothers and daughters, single girlfriends and even the occasional man tagging along with his girlfriend, were all on hand to witness the singer celebrate the end of the first leg of her

successful “Stronger Tour 2012.” Promoting her fifth studio album, appropriately titled “Stronger,” Clarkson took the stage to belt out tunes for an hour and a half.

“I’m so happy to be in Ron Burgandy’s territory,” Clarkson told the crowd, referring to her favorite film, with a delighted smile on her face.

The Texas native proved music based solely on a melodic voice, could keep a crowd infatuated as she channeled a more “intimate” approach to her show.

Opening the show with her song “Dark Side,” accompanied by a powerful video segment of labels she has endured, including “Girl next door” and “Fat,” the singer was ready to prove she is a “stronger” force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

In addition to belting out her hits including, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Walk Away,” the singer also gave honor to other artists in which she believed represented “real music.”

“I love all music. Well, the good and real kind,” Clarkson explained as she undoubtedly sang worthy covers of Florence and the Machine’s “Heavy in Your Arms” and fellow American Idol alum Carrie Underwood’s high-note infested ballad, “I Know You Won’t.”

Aside from performing acoustic versions of her hits, Clarkson didn’t shy away from being her inner, confident rocker self on stage. She jumped around and hyped up the crowd while an electric guitarist and drummer captivated the audience, channeling an Aerosmith rock show.

Maintaining her continuous “Girl Power” message, the singer yelled for every heartbroken woman to sing along, for she was singing for all of them. Women everywhere sang along to Clarkson’s tunes as they danced and nodded their heads in agreement to the lyrics.

Clarkson not only validated her crown of being the original “Idol,” but was proud to revel in her post-idol success, as she revealed to the crowd that this year represented her 10-year career arc.

Regardless of having over 20 million albums sold with hits such as, “Since U Been Gone,” “Mr. Know It All,” and her recent girl-empowered anthem “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Clarkson has still managed to remain a down-to-earth Texan girl with a witty sense of humor.

Cracking a few one liners to the crowd during lighting mishaps including, “Ooh this is a nice way to set the mood. Who wants to make out?” it was evident stardom has had no effect on the southern girl-next-door.

San Diego crowds were thrilled when the singer announced that their hometown would have the honor of being featured in an episode taping of an upcoming show.

Just as she did a decade ago, Clarkson will participate in yet another talent show, but this time as a judge and performer on the show “Duets.” She will join fellow judges Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke as they search for undiscovered singing partners and perform duets with them, granting the winner a record deal.

Audience members were excited to watch Clarkson perform duets with two contestants, while being filmed by a camera crew. Acting as a proud mentor, she became emotional and thanked San Diego for welcoming them with open arms and hoped they would watch the show to witness undiscovered talent.

Clarkson also took a moment in the show to perform a new song promoting a charity called Houses of Hope, which builds safe havens for children affected by HIV/AIDS, abuse and poverty.

After the grand finale of her hit “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Clarkson took her final bow and thanked San Diego for the wonderful night.

With cheers and chants begging for more, it was conspicuous that the “Idol” has come a long way from being just a Texan girl from “that one singing show,” and is now a “stronger” force to be reckoned with.

Author: Lexy Perez

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