Now that Kelly Clarkson’s summer is a lot less scheduled, the rumors about what she’ll be up to–aside from recording tunes for the My December “special edition–are running rampant. There was speculation that she’d do a club tour, which would at least complement the rock direction she’s barreling down on her forthcoming album My December, but the blog Geno’s World is claiming that she’ll spend at least a few of her nights playing arenas–in “cameo” appearances on this summer’s American Idol tour:
A source in the industry tells Geno’s World that Clarkson is going to be offered “special cameo” appearances on the upcoming American Idol tour that begins on July 6 and runs through September 22.
The execs are hoping that Kelly will take this opportunity to “save face” and be able to take advantage of the Idol built in fan base and allow her to promote her struggling “My December” CD. Pre-sales figures have not hit expectations. Whether Clarkson accepts the offer is still up in the air, but there are dozens of people working behind the scenes to put a good spin on Clarkson’s recent PR troubles. Her battle over the song selection on her CD and the cancellation of her tour have been a marketing nightmare.
It’s a plausible theory, made even moreso because Clarkson performed on Idol twice this season, and as long as she isn’t roped into duetting with Haley Scarnato the downgrade shouldn’t be too embarrassing. But we were really hoping that she’d try and work out her recent woes with a stripped-down tour of smaller venues around the States. After all, she has someone in her band who knows a thing or two about jamming econo.