SHALINI Samudri Ananda Rao was so excited about the Kelly Clarkson’s new album listening session that she could not sleep a wink the preceding night.
When her mother Letchumy Praba Ramanaidu, 39, returned home from her night shift at the hospital laboratary, Shalini was already up.
“I only started to like Kelly Clarkson last November after catching her song on the radio, but I am a really huge fan!” said the 12-year-old lass from Kepong Baru excitedly.
She was one of the nine participants of the listening session held at the interactive zone of Studio V at the 1 Utama Shopping Centre on Saturday.
The event, organised by Sony Music Entertainment, was held exclusively for The Star readers to be the first listeners of Clarkson’s new album, All I Ever Wanted.
The makings of the album and the music video of My Life Would Suck Without You were shown during the function.
They were also the first few fans who received the new album, which hits the shelves today, three days after the event was held.
Some of them also won posters or DiGi goodie bags during the Q&A session, but Tan Sen Chen, 17, was the lucky one who went home with Clarkson’s autographed Breakaway album.
The Form Five student truly deserved it for his knowledge on the first American Idol winner.
He did not hesitate at all when asked questions like “What’s Clarkson’s debut single?”, “What is the title of her second album?”, “When was her Thankful album released?”, and “Name one songwriter in her latest album”.
“I first heard Clarkson’s Behind These Hazel Eyes on the radio in 2005 and from then on, I was hooked.
“I am crazy about her — I just have to know everything about her, like what songs she wrote and what is she doing now,” Tan said.
Besides spending his own angpow money, Tan is into attending events like the listening session to collect more of Clarkson’s merchandise.
“Clarkson has her own ways of doing music and her songs help me through the good and bad times,” he said.
Studio V is a two-storey multimedia hub located at the Rainforest area of the mall and features the Star Media group’s content, from print and online news to mobile, radio and video under one roof.
Besides hosting events, the interactive zone of the hub is also a lifestyle and entertainment area where people can access online portals and have a game on the Nintendo Wii and PS3.