Everywhere you turned in the last couple weeks, there was Kelly Clarkson.
The Fort Worth-born American Idol alum first made waves just before 2011 ended by endorsing Texas Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul via Twitter (which reportedly spiked her album sales north of 400 percent, although industry bible Billboard disagrees, saying its research shows her album sales actually dropped).
She talks about that incident, along with several other candid revelations (Clarkson apparently had an eating disorder for a brief time in high school), in this terrific interview with NPR's Guy Raz on the weekend edition of All Things Considered. It's funny, frank, and showcases exactly why Clarkson has so many dedicated fans -- she is nothing if not authentic.
To top off her whirlwind coupla weeks, it was also revealed last week that Clarkson, alongside Miranda Lambert, Lionel Richie and others, will join the second season of NBC's popular singing competition The Voice as mentors to the contestants. Fairly bold move, Kelly, to side with the new kid on the block, instead of helping out American Idol.
Last but not least, Clarkson was the musical guest on this past week's episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Charles Barkley. Please to enjoy her spunky performances of What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) and Mr. Know It All. Clarkson plays the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie Feb. 10.