NEW YORK – The producers of American Idol are standing behind winner Kelly Clarkson who was caught up this week in accusations that she wasn't the fresh-faced amateur she portrayed herself to be on the hit show.
"Kelly Clarkson . . . did not breach any rules of the competition," producers said in a statement released yesterday.
"She won the American Idol competition fairly and was rightfully chosen by the American public as their American Idol.
"We at 19 Entertainment, Fremantle Media and Fox are proud of our winner."
Star magazine reported this week that Clarkson misled Idol producers, and fans, by not disclosing that she had cut songs with noted songwriters Gerry Goffin, Michael Blum and Barry Goldberg -- throwing her "amateur" status into question.
Jay Cooper, a lawyer for the songwriters, told The New York Post yesterday that his clients aren't interested in suing Clarkson -- but just want to be free to release the songs she recorded without interference from Clarkson's label, BMG.
In fact, the lawyer says, they want BMG to release the records themselves.
"There will be no legal action and no contemplation of legal action," said Cooper, a former president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
"That's not what this is about," Cooper said. "We have these [songs] that she did for the purpose of trying to get a record deal. We don't want to hurt Kelly."