This savvy singer has a lot on her plate, including a new role on Broadway and a new perfume. Take a look.
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Jordin Sparks Interview
Audra Lowe: Just 17 years old, Jordin Sparks became the youngest contestant to ever win American Idol. And that was three years ago fast forward to today. Leslie caught up with the busy starlet to find out just how life has changed since then.
Leslie: Since winning American Idol, Jordin Sparks has released three hit albums and recently made her Broadway debut.
Jordin Sparks: The cast welcome me with open arms and it’s my first Broadway, play in Broadway experience. So to be a part of a show that’s so amazing and so touching, it’s phenomenal from my first time.
There have been a few kissing scenes that my dad’s like “Really, you have kiss him like that. Really, really” and I’m like, “I have to act. It’s a part of it”.
Leslie: Win your big songs is When You’re Home. So what it is like for you when you go home now?
Jordin Sparks: Oh, my gosh. When I go home, it’s one of the best feelings ever. I’ve got to go home I think maybe like two weeks or maybe three weeks ago because family is very important to me, and my brother is in a senior year of high school and he is on a varsity football team. So I’ve got to go home and see one of his games and it’s just really nice to go home and because when I go home I’m just, I’m just Jordin.
Leslie: Home is in Arizona. The Broadway means living in New York City for a while doing eight shows a week.
You have any vocal home works that you do?
Jordin Sparks: There is one where it helps bring your throat back down which sounds pretty weird but you’ve got -- and -- na, na, na, na, all of those and all that type of stuff and then just breathing and drinking lots of water and lots of sleeps.
Leslie: Tips she learned well in American Idol. The show confirmed new judges next season.
Jordin Sparks: Jennifer Lopez is going to great. She was a mentor on my season. Then Steven Tyler, I’ve been a huge fan for a really long time and I’m excited to see what happens with him to see who takes up like the brutally honest role.
Leslie: It’s called Because Of You. You know there’s a Kelly Clarkson song of the same name. Is there any relation?
Jordin Sparks: Yeah. I know. There’s no relation to the song, even though it’s a beautiful. I love that song. I named it that because my fans are the reason why I get to do what I do. I named it that because of you guys.
Female: What’s been the most amazing thing you’ve done since you’re on the American Idol?
Jordin Sparks: I have gotten to -- my gosh, go overseas, to so many places that I’ve never been that I figured that I’d be going when I was retired. I’ve got to go all those places and I’ve got perform for two presidents. I sing the national anthem.
Leslie: Today, Jordin’s duet with Chris Brown as her best selling song.
Jordin Sparks: You know it was very crazy being on that music video. Just because I was such a huge fan of his music and I’m still like I think he’s super talented really helped the fact that we’re on the same label and you know just working on a project then. When I’ve got this song I knew it was something but I have no idea it was going to be that massive.
Leslie: Your birthday is coming up in December.
Jordin Sparks: Yes.
Leslie: Are you looking for to being 21?
Jordin Sparks: Oh, my gosh. It’s very insane to think I’m going to be 21 soon because I still feel like the 17-year-old girl that walked in the audition room. But I’m really excited. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I would love to have my cake made by like Cake Boss or Ace of Cake, or something like that.
Audra Lowe: Thanks so much Leslie and Jordin actually wanted her perfume to be very affordable. So it’s under $15.00. You can head to our website bettertv.com, if you like to get more information.