Don Chapman, a pal of Season 6 Idol Chris Sligh tagged along to the big American Idol Experience Opening with him and he’s posted an account of his experiences on his blog. Some interesting stuff, especially about Kelly Clarkson. Some Idols claim she’s gone “diva.”
Ryan introduced the other Idol winners from past years and they all were there: Ruben, Taylor, Fantasia, David, Carrie, Jordan… and then, sheepishly, Kelly walked out on stage. She seemed to have a weird vibe about her. I found out later there had been negotiations for days to get her there. That morning the negotiations were finalized and she flew out to Disney on a private jet and arrived an hour and half before the show! Two different Idols told me that they have hung out with Kelly several times in the past and she acted as if she didn’t know them at the premier. Sounds like she’s going through a diva spell.
Funny bit about Paula Abdul:
The show opened with a guest appearance from Ryan Seacrest. He introduced the five finalists. Paula came out on stage, rambled a bit then inexplicably started giving the contestants back rubs. Ryan said something like “Paula, remember the rules about interacting with contestants!” The audience howled. Paula stood there perturbed and said “shut up, Ryan!”
The blog is worth the read. Check it out HERE.