Live With Kelly: Jordin Sparks “Sparkle” Interview & Performance

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Jordin Sparks: Boyfriend Jason Derulo

At seventeen, Jordin Sparks became the youngest “American Idol” winner ever. On “Live With Kelly” August 14, Jordin joined Kelly and Chris to discuss embarking on a film career in the upcoming musical Sparkle. However, Jordin first discussed her boyfriend, fellow singer Jason Derulo. The young, talented couple just celebrated a big milestone: their one-year anniversary. Jordin said that Jason is very romantic, very kind, and has a great work ethic.

Jordin Sparks: Film Debut in “Sparkle”

Jordin Sparks Sparkle: Live With Kelly

Jordin Sparks discussed her film "Sparkle" and performed "Celebrate" on "Live With Kelly." (Featureflash / Shutterstock.com)

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Jordin is now making her film debut in the musical Sparkle. Sparkle was a film originally made in 1976, and the new version stars Jordin as the title character, as well as Mike Epps, Cee Lo Green, Derek Luke, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Tamela Mann, and the late Whitney Houston. The film is dedicated to Whitney Houston’s memory, as Whitney passed away in February 2012.

Jordin Sparks: Working with Whitney Houston

The entertainment world was rocked when Whitney Houston passed, which was a mere three months after shooting on Sparkle had wrapped. In the film Whitney portrayed Jordin’s mother, so Chris wanted to know, what will Jordin remember most from working with such a singing legend?

Jordin said that she admired Whitney Houston so much growing up, so it was both very special to be cast in the film with her, but also came with a lot of pressure. However, Jordin called being in her presence “incredible.”

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Whitney commanded attention when she walked into a room, and she also was not afraid to talk about the struggles that she had faced. Jordin said that it’s a shame that Whitney will not be able to see the finished film, because she worked so hard every day during filming.

Jordin, Kelly and Chris watched a clip of Jordin and Whitney in a scene where Whitney discourages her daughter from pursuing a singing career. Later, Jordin returned to sing one of the signature songs from Sparkle.

Jordin Sparks Sang “Celebrate” from Sparkle

Jordin sang the classic Motown inspired “Celebrate” from the Sparkle soundtrack. The film features songs by Curtis Mayfield, from the original film, and also new songs from R&B singer R. Kelly. The Sparkle soundtrack is available now, and don’t miss the film when it opens in theaters on Friday, August 17, 2012.

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