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Poor Kelly Clarkson. Anything wedding-related hasn’t worked out for her. Her country track “Tie It Up” hasn’t done well on the charts and she nixed her big wedding in favor of eloping. And now this.

The original American Idol shelled over $235,000 to purchase a ring previously owned by Jane Austen. According to USA Today, she planned on wearing it as her engagement ring. Problem is, a committee review denied Kelly’s application to export it from the UK. They deemed it should stay in the country since it’s an heirloom.

A fundraising campaign was launched to raise enough money to purchase it back from Clarkson. In the end, nearly $240,000 was donated. The ring is now expected to go on display at the Jane Austen museum in the delightful village of Chawton. For her part, Kelly isn’t at all bitter about the whole debacle.

“The ring is a beautiful national treasure and I am happy to know that so many Jane Austen fans will get to see it at Jane Austen’s House Museum.” – Clarkson

check out the ring after the jump

On the heels of her performance at the CMA Festival, Kelly Clarkson debuts the music clip for “Tie Me Up.” It’s about friggin’ time the bride-to-be release an accompanying vid for her country single. Given the song title and Kelly being in bridal mode, naturally the visual has a wedding theme.

Initially, Clarkson asked her fans to submit their wedding photos for a lyric video. Instead, she decided to incorporate them in the official clip. In between all the photos of cake, groomsmen, bridesmaids and raucous receptions, Kelly is shown getting jiggy with it on stage with her band. Since her real-life nuptials are taking place in the Fall, the original American Idol catches the bouquet at the end of the vid. Make no mistake. This bitch is walking down the aisle, if it kills her 😉 Check out the adorable clip below.

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Kelly Clarkson Shares Engagement Photo

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Kelly Clarkson sure is jonesing to walk down the aisle. The 31-year-old singer definitely has bridal fever. Her fiance Brandon Blackstock better put a ring on it, and quickly. Their rumored October wedding date can’t get here soon enough based on Clarkson’s recent actions. First, she put on a white gown for her “Tie Me Up” cover art (above) and now she finds herself in wedding attire once again.

“Ok, just saw my engagement shoot pics & I have to share one!!! :) Thanks @kobyb & @TerilynBrown! Ready to #TieItUp!” she wrote on Twitter. Kelly looks absolutely adorable in the portrait. She’s seen sitting in a huge window frame while reading a book. A wall of floor-to-ceiling book shelves surrounds her. If her actual wedding dress is anything like the one in the pic, Kelly is going to make for one ravishing bride. Check it out below.

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Who Does Kelly Clarkson Think She Is?

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After airing on NBC for three seasons, Lisa Kudrow brings her genealogy documentary series to TLC. Who Do You Think You Are? premieres tonight on the network. To kick off the fourth season, Kelly Clarkson has been tapped to trace her family tree. The 31-year-old original American Idol discovers that her great great great grandfather, Isaiah Rose, was involved in the Civil War.

Having watched the show, I’m sure her relative was some do-gooder. I would love it one time to have a celebrity discover a shady past. That would be priceless. Other stars participating this season are Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Handler, Trisha Yearwood, Jim Parsons and Chris O’Donnell. Check out a preview of the season premiere below.

check out the preview after the jump

She’s dabbled in country music before, but Kelly Clarkson is going full out hoedown with her new track. The 31-year-old debuted “Tie It Up” a couple of weeks ago during a live performance at the 2013 CMA Festival in Nashville, but now we have a high-quality studio version of it. It’s part country, part rock but 100 percent Kelly. Let’s face it. Deep down, the original American Idol is a country girl at heart.

“So @GoCountry105 just played my new country single “Tie It Up”!!,” the 31-year-old singer wrote on her Twitter account. “Thank you Go Country!! I was having a rough day. Y’all made it better.”

Tie It Up” serves as the first promotional single off her upcoming sixth studio album. With a greatest hits album under her belt, does this track signal a new era for Clarkson? Is she forgoing mainstream radio for Nashville? After all, she’s marrying into country royalty. Her fiance Brandon Black is Reba McEntire’s stepson. Give her twangy new song a listen below and see if you like “country” Kelly more than “pop” Kelly. “Tie It Up” is scheduled to hit iTunes and other digital platforms on June 25.

listen to the track after the jump

Kelly Clarkson sure is milking her Greatest Hits: Chapter One compilation to death, isn’t she? Most artists release one single and promote it only for a couple of months. But not for Kelly. God, love her.

Released in November 2013, the 31-year-old singer finally released the music video for the third and final original track from the album. I’m surprised it took her this long to film a visual for the awesome track, “People Like Us.” It’s one of her most high-concept vids to date. No cheesy flash mob here à la “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).”

Directed by Marrs Piliero (Britney Spears “I Wanna Go” and The Wanted “I Found You“), the clip has Clarkson as some sort of scientist or something medical-related. She, along with her colleagues, analyze a young girl “in color.” See, the thing is everyone including Kelly is in black and white… or is she? Turns out Clarkson is just like the girl and also as colorful underneath her monochromatic makeup. Kelly rescues her and gets involved in a high speed car chase. See how it all ends in the clip below.

check out the music video after the jump

It’s purely speculative at this moment, but how friggin’ awesome would it be if this actually came to fruition. According to, American Idol execs are contemplating replacing at least one, if not all the judges, with former contestants. The site claims that both Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson have been approached while Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert are also rumored to be in the running.

In my dream world, a Clarkson-Hudson-Lambert trifecta would be EVERYTHING. Not only do they all have successful post-Idol careers but each would bring something different to the table. Kelly would be the nurturing down-to-earth motherly one, while Jennifer would be Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj combined- divalicious and sassy. Need I say what Adam would bring- glamor and pure gayness. In addition, each had a different journey on the show. We have a winner, runner-up and someone who was eliminated way before their time.

FOX needs to make this happen. This could be the direction needed to save the show. Clearly high-priced talent hasn’t done the trick. The show’s massive ratings decline this season resulted in FOX losing the 2012-2013 TV season in the coveted 18-49 demo to CBS for the first time in eight years.

new American Idol rule change for Season 13 after the jump

Not only is today’s Alex’s birthday but it’s the original American Idol winner’s as well. So Happy Birthday to both divas. Can you believe the OG Idol is turning 31 today? Where did the time go? It seems just like yesterday when Kelly Clarkson was belting out Celine Dion songs in front of Simon Cowell and starring in From Justin to Kelly. Memba that hot mess?

In honor of Kelly’s birthday, I thought I’d share my Top 5 Clarkson songs to date. With five studio albums and a greatest hits compilation to her credit and three Grammys, narrowing it down proved very difficult. Do I go with perky Kelly, angry Kelly, pop-urban Kelly or ballad Kelly. After casting your votes in our poll below, keep reading to find out which Clarkson tracks are my favorite.

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find out my Top 5 after the jump

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