Jordin Sparks will make one of her first major appearances since winning American Idol next week during Macyâ€™s Fourth of July Spectacular, the annual holiday special on NBC. Sheâ€™s excited and nervous about the opportunity.
Fellow finalists Blake Lewis and Melinda Doolittle will also perform on the Independence Day show. Also scheduled to appear are Martina McBride and Joss Stone, while Natalie Morales and recent NBC hire Tiki Barber will host.
â€œItâ€™s kind of tripping me out,â€ Sparks said. â€œYou watch it on television and think itâ€™s such a big event. I love the fourth of July. Melinda actually was the one who told me we were going to be doing this, and I said, â€˜What are we going to (sing)?â€™ She said, â€˜I have no idea. Weâ€™ll talk about it later.â€™ I just love her and Blake; we have such a good time when weâ€™re all together.â€
The occasion will allow Sparks to be in one place for a while. A few weeks ago, â€œeverything was going so fast, I was like, â€˜Oh, my gosh. I really just need to sit down.â€™ So I did, and I thought of everything Iâ€™d done, and it all just hit me. It was unbelievable, and itâ€™s still a whirlwind sometimes. Itâ€™s just this crazy cycle.â€
It wonâ€™t abate with the American Idol Live tour that launches July 6, in Sunrise, Florida, and continues through late September.
â€œItâ€™s going to be a blast,â€ Sparks said. â€œMost of us are going to be doing songs we know we can succeed in doing and that we love to perform. There will be different groups and duets. I went to the season-four Idol tour, and this is so much different. Itâ€™s going to be really intense, so I hope people come out and see us.â€
Weâ€™re somehow guessing that won't be a problem.
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