Kelly Clarkson ‘Stalking’ Adele For A Duet

'I've been trying to sing with her for a while,' Clarkson tells MTV News.

Kelly Clarkson doesn’t mind a little friendly competition.

The former “American Idol” winner recently told MTV News she didn’t care if Coldplay “killed” her on the Billboard albums chart (her latest, Stronger, came in second, selling 163,000 to Mylo Xyloto ‘s 447,000). Clarkson might not give a second thought to chart placement, but what does she think about all these other pop divas who have taken over the airwaves?

“I always think it’s healthy to have a lot of stuff out there, and there’s room for everybody, because everybody is so different, especially all the women right now in the industry,” Clarkson told MTV News. “We’re all very different from each other, which I think is good. It keeps it not boring.”

We have to agree: The “Mr. Know It All” singer is anything but boring, recently telling the U.K.’s Guardian: “I want to punch Adele in the face! She is just too good.”

Of course, she was kidding. “That’s a term of endearment for me,” Clarkson laughed. “I think maybe overseas that didn’t read well. I meant more to be funny. She’s just so talented; she’s just so ridiculous it’s upsetting.”

Adele — who, like Clarkson, is known for her emotional songs about love and heartbreak — is set to undergo surgery to treat her vocal issues, but when she recovers, we have an idea who might want to work with her.

“I’m stalking her currently through interviews. Every interview, they are like, ‘Who do you want to work with?’ ‘Adele! I want to do a duet with Adele!’ ” Clarkson said. “I’ve been stalking her since we did ‘[VH1] Divas’ together, actually, and we were supposed to sing together, and then they changed the concept to where we would sing with somebody from a different generation. That was actually really cool, because I got to sing with Melissa Etheridge, and she’s amazing. That wasn’t like a letdown or anything, but I’ve been trying to sing with [Adele] for a while.”

Clarkson will be returning to the “VH1 Divas” alongside Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Florence and the Machine, Jessie J and Jennifer Hudson .

“I always think competition is healthy, it’s good. Even, like, Jennifer Hudson — let’s say that people that are fans of her don’t know me very well; they’ll tune into ‘VH1 Divas’ or something and be like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know I’d like her,’ ” Clarkson said.

“VH1 Divas” premieres December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Christina Garibaldi has been an on-camera reporter for MTV News since 2011. When not interviewing or writing about her favorite stars, she keeps herself busy with baby animal videos and boy bands.
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