Monday, May 20, 2024

Kelly Clarkson Has Basically Given Up Her Recording Career to Be Dinah Shore, Her Last Hit Was in 2012


Kelly Clarkson’s talk show will take over Ellen DeGeneres’ time slot in fall 2022.

DeGeneres is ending her show in June 2022 after 19 years.

Clarkson, who was a hit pop singer, has basically given up that career to be Dinah Shore. Shore, a singer of hits in the 50s, gravitated toward a popular talk show in the 70s. It ran for years, well beyond her time on the charts.

Clarkson, discovered on “American Idol,” has made a big career on her own talk show and on “THe Voice.” Her last real hit single was in 2012,  with “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” She had a run of hits up til then, and one more, in 2015, with “Piece by Piece.” But her real heyday was back around 2004 with “Since U Been Gone.”

This was a clever way to a have a brilliant and lucrative Act II for Clarkson. She wasn’t going to be the next Linda Ronstadt, with a lifelong career just as a singer. As it happens, Clarkson sings on her show all the time, and could put out albums of cover songs from those performances.

So now begins the era of Kelly Clarkson, a la Dinah and many others who came before her, Her show is averaging 800,000 viewers a week per episode, and as time goes on that number could get to a million. It’s not a bad life. Ask Ellen or Oprah.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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