Game Show Girl Kelly Makes Good

The Evening Standard (London, England), February 23, 2006 | Go to article overview

Game Show Girl Kelly Makes Good


Byline: CHRIS ELWELL-SUTTON

Kelly Clarkson

Apollo Hammersmith (4/5)

IN 2005, she sold more records in the UK than any other foreign artist, including Madonna, Mariah and Eminem. But that was never going to impress the critics, especially since she bypassed the conventional route to stardom, finding fame through a game show.

Admittedly, the American Idol winner's fairly unremarkable debut album gave little indication that we had a real superstar on our hands.

But as last night's breathtaking show testified, Kelly Clarkson is just that.

On record, she is sometimes likened to Avril Lavigne. Live, she makes Lavigne look like a cardboard Clarkson cut-out. Displaying utterly stunning vocal skills, impeccable stagecraft and a warm, engaging personality, she captivated the people from start to finish. Her voice remained rich, strong and sensitive, whether she was belting out the stadium rock of Behind These Hazel Eyes or performing delicate ballads backed only by guitar, such as a truly beautiful rendition of Annie Lennox's Why.

The audience, who shrieked their appreciation throughout, broke down roughly as follows: 10-15-year-old girls: 70 per cent; gay men: 20 per cent; others: 10 per cent. …

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