Exclusive: Jordin Sparks defends abstinence pledge

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity & Colmes," September 10, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.


RUSSELL BRAND, COMEDIAN: As representative of the global community, a visitor from abroad, I don't want to come across a little bit biased, but could I please ask of you people of America to please elect Barack Obama, please, on behalf of the world?

I do feel a little bit sorry for her daughter getting all pregnant, poor kid. Is it a boy? Is it a girl? No, it's a PR stunt. Come on, be honest.

And I feel most sorry for that poor teenage father boy. Bloody one minute he's just a teenage lad in Alaska having joyful unprotected test. The next minute...


SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: That was British so-called comedian Russell Brand, hosting MTV's annual Video Music Awards this past Sunday. And he took a swipe at the Jonas Brothers for wearing promise rings, but there was one celebrity that was willing to come to their defense.


JORDIN SPARKS, "AMERICAN IDOL" WINNER: I just have one thing to say about promise rings. It's not bad to wear a promise ring, because not everybody, guy or a girl, wants to be a slut.


HANNITY: Joining us now, "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks, and her self-titled album is in stores now.

I am a huge fan of yours. I watched you. You are so gifted. And you are friends with — you sang backup with my friend Michael W. Smith.

SPARKS: I did. I did. I sang for two Christmas tours. It was a lot of fun.

Video: Watch Sean and Alan's interivew with 'American Idol' winner Jordin Sparks

HANNITY: Is he — is there any nicer guy in the world than Michael W.?

SPARKS: He's amazing, and I was just sitting with him at dinner. And we were talking about you, actually. And so I was telling him that I was going to be on here, and he says, "Tell him I said hi." So he says hello.

HANNITY: Well, I'm a big fan of both of yours here.

You know, I feel sorry for kids today. They're inundated with sexual images everywhere. You know, it's almost the norm that, you know, if you didn't have sex, there's something wrong.

SPARKS: Right.

HANNITY: Why did you decide to take that stand?

SPARKS: Well, I mean, I know for me I took the stand myself. My parents talked to me about it when I was 13, kind of, like, the birds and the bees type talk. And...

ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST: You had that talk? I never got that.

SPARKS: Yes, I had that talk. my parents had that talk with me. And my mom has told me and my dad...

HANNITY: And you have one?

SPARKS: Yes, I do.

HANNITY: Could you show us? Can we put it on — we'll pan in on it there.

SPARKS: OK. It says "True Love Waits" around it. And Dad told me, you know, "We think it would be a good idea for you to wait until you're married." And it wasn't something forced. I was just — it made sense to me.

HANNITY: This is because this is your religious faith. I'm a Christian. This is what your values teach you.

SPARKS: Right.

HANNITY: And what do you think about when people attack people that - - you know, liberals are so open-minded. But if you make a choice that is the antithesis of where they would go, it's almost like they want to make fun of you or mock you and ridicule.

SPARKS: Well, I don't know. I mean, I think that's what anybody in any religion gets. They all get made of for some reason for believing something. So I guess...

HANNITY: I make fun of Alan for being a liberal.

COLMES: See, liberals have to get — yes, we never get made fun of, right?

Let me ask you this. First of all, I applaud you for what you do.

SPARKS: Thank you.

COLMES: And I am a liberal, but I'm...

SPARKS: I know. I watch the show. OK.

COLMES: You know, huh?


COLMES: You came prepared. But I mean, I'm a pro-choice liberal. You — I respect and admire your choice, and it's got to be tough to do that sometimes. Right?

SPARKS: Yes, I mean — and that's what's so great about the world we live in, though, is that everybody can make their own choice. So when I was sitting there, it was funny at first. Yes, everybody can laugh at a joke. And then, you know...

COLMES: Well, that was out of line. This guy, Brand, well, he's a comedian, but it wasn't very funny when he said...


COLMES: You stood up for yourself. It's got to be hard to do.

SPARKS: You know, I never do stuff like that, and so I went up there, and it was a split-second decision. And right when I got up there at the mike, I was just like, "OK, I'm going to say it," and so I said it, and it just came out.

COLMES: Yes, you were just being you. So you have this promise ring, which we just said. How do you deal with temptation?

SPARKS: You know what? I have no idea. It's kind of a daily thing that I do. I wake up in the morning and, you know, make decisions that are right for me. And I don't know. I kind of — I keep myself away from, you know, clubs and stuff like that.

COLMES: Trouble.

SPARKS: I try to, at least. I mean, I'm not saying I'm perfect by my means.

HANNITY: I keep myself away from liberals.

COLMES: That's why he sits all the way over there.

SPARKS: OK. So am I going to be OK sitting between you two?

HANNITY: You can move a little closer over here.

COLMES: You want to sit closer to him, that's fine.

SPARKS: No, I'm good.

COLMES: There you go. I admire you. You stake your ground.

HANNITY: If she can handle Simon Cowell, she can handle anything.

COLMES: I mean, do you feel the pressure from those who kind of — you should not be mocked for whatever your choices are, and you know — but do you feel that kind of pressure?

SPARKS: You know, sometimes — sometimes I do feel it, and it's crazy being in Hollywood and making this kind of choice, because I mean, I — I guess they've heard it — they're heard it all before. You know what I'm saying?

So you know, they're kind of just waiting to see if I mess up or something like that, so it is — it's hard to...

COLMES: And because you've taken this, then the microscope is on you.

SPARKS: Exactly. So now I really have to watch what I say, and who I hang out with, where I go, all that kind of stuff. So it does get a little bit more added pressure. But...

COLMES: If you're going to watch what you say, this is the right show. This is — anyway, thank you very much. Very nice to meet you. Thanks so much for being here.

SPARKS: Thanks for having me.

HANNITY: I'm a big fan. Congratulations.

SPARKS: Thank you so much.

HANNITY: You have such a great gift in your voice.

COLMES: Congratulations.

SPARKS: Thank you. I need to hear you sing sometime.

COLMES: See, you brought us together. We both agree.

HANNITY: Ask Charlie Daniels.

COLMES: Barack Obama's lipstick on pigs comment is a statement that even Hollywood writers couldn't come up with, or could they. We're going to play you the tape and let you be the judge, when we get back in just a second.


COLMES: We now continue with Jordin Sparks.

So what's it like being famous?

SPARKS: It's definitely very crazy. My life has definitely just been turned upside-down.

COLMES: It is a lot to cope with, you know, at any age.

SPARKS: Well, I went from being a normal high-school kid to literally, overnight, being a household name. And I'm kind of dealing with it.

COLMES: The thing about the promise ring, you said, is it's kind of a way to hang onto your normalcy, right?


COLMES: It kind of — that's one thing that helps keep you centered, right, that keeps you normal?

SPARKS: You know what? That's actually a really good way to put it. Because it was — it's something that I — I had been working on before the show, and I'm still working on it now. And so, you know, like I said before, it's a daily thing.

COLMES: It's a concept that you have in your life.


HANNITY: Let me ask you this. Anyone can deal with — if Paula Abdul is criticizing the show, she finds something positive to say.

SPARKS: Right.

HANNITY: Randy, "Hey, dog," you know. He'd tell you in a nice way.


HANNITY: What was the toughest moment with Simon?

SPARKS: Oh, gosh. You know what?

HANNITY: The stress is coming back.

SPARKS: Well, considering what he had said to other contestants, he was really nice to me. So I think the worst thing he said was that something was really screechy or something.

HANNITY: You know what the first — first review of "Hannity & Colmes" was?

COLMES: Oh, yes.

HANNITY: That he looks funereal.

COLMES: Funereal.

HANNITY: That I have a bad hair cut and I have no business of being on TV.

SPARKS: I'm sorry.

HANNITY: Don't worry. It's 12 years later. We've been all right.

Jordin, it's an honor to meet you. Thank you for being with us.

SPARKS: Thank you so much. Thank you.

COLMES: Thanks very much. Thanks for being here.

HANNITY: Congratulations.

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