Kelly Clarkson performing live at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras, in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (Ty Wright / Valencia Voice)
Kelly Clarkson performing live at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras, in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (Ty Wright / Valencia Voice)

Kelly Clarkson invites fan on stage to sing “Stronger” at Universal Orlando

February 27, 2015

Kelly Clarkson invited a fan on stage after spotting her poster during a one-off concert date in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Clarkson, who had just returned from an eight-day promotional tour in London for her upcoming release “Piece by Piece,” made Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras event her first stop back in the states and did not let jet lag get the best of her. Paying close attention to everything happening in the crowd, the American Idol winner noticed Elizabeth Scherff’s “My life goal is to sing on stage with Kelly Clarkson” sign and invited her up on stage to for a performance of “Stronger.” Something Scherff is still surprised about.

“My mind went blank for a second right after she agreed to bring me up on stage,” said the Scherff. “I wasn’t too sure what to think. When I made the sign earlier in the day, I didn’t think she would read, let alone actually bring me on stage.”

As the show came to an end, many wondered if Clarkson would keep her promise, as the Grammy Award winning artist did not invite the 21-year-old Cocoa Beach resident up onto the stage until the finale of her hour-long set. Scherff on the other hand had no worries: “I started to wonder if she wouldn’t, but I’ve been to enough Kelly concerts to know that she has an encore. Once she sang the second to last song, it dawned on me that she was going to bring me up for the finale,” she explained.

Scherff admits that being on stage with Clarkson was such a rush but once she started singing and Clarkson announced to the pack crowd that she was a good singer, all anxiety disappeared.

“I was incredibly nervous. So many thoughts ran through my head: like “What if I screw up the lyrics,” or “What if she doesn’t like my voice,” and even “What if the crowds hates it and boo me off stage?” Once I started singing, my nerves disappeared and it felt like I was just singing karaoke with a friend and it just happened to be in front of thousands of people.

“When she told me I can sing, I couldn’t believe it. Kelly has been my favorite singer since I was 9-years-old and I’ve always looked up to her vocally. So when she told me I can sing I was so shocked that she actually liked my voice. It made me incredibly happy and it gave me such a confidence boost.”

Once the two got backstage, Scherff stated that the two joked around and that Clarkson thanked her for actually staying on key during the performance. While singing professionally would be an ideal situation for Scherff, right now she will just continue to do it for fun. But don’t count her out she says, you never know what the future holds.
Ty is a college student at Valencia College studying Journalism and Digital Media. He loves hearing new artist but hates when they stop and harass him to take their mixtapes while he is enjoying his day. Follow him on Twitter @Tru2Ty

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