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Not my interview with Jordin Sparks at Children’s Healthcare

Jordin poses with Jenna (right) and Julianne (left) Lentz, daughters of an employee at Children's Hospital. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Jordin poses with Jenna (right) and Julianne (left) Lentz, daughters of an employee at Children's Hospital. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

It was quite a day at the Voice. No, not NBC’s new hit show. The studios Ryan Seacrest created at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston near Emory University.

Dozens of hospital employees, patients and family members crowded the main entrance to get a glimpse and if they were lucky, autographs and photos with the Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block and Jordin Sparks.

Mark Kanov, Ryan’s first boss and former general manager of Star 94, now runs the Voice. He has the Rolodex and sway with record labels to get big names to come by since the studio opened last November, including “Idol” alums Kellie Pickler, Crystal Bowersox and Kimberly Caldwell. (All of them I interviewed at the Voice.) It was impressive that Kanov got all the members of both bands to be there, including local resident Brian Littrell.

As for Sparks, she has gotten herself in the news thanks to her new svelte self, losing 30 pounds, according to People magazine, where she showed herself off in a bikini. She recently performed her dance-pop song “I Am Woman” on “Idol.” At age 21, she’s trying to show off a more mature Rihanna-Beyonce-ish side. Hollywood pressure to lose weight? Duh.

I figured I’d have no problem grabbing a few minutes with Sparks at the hospital. I mean, given that her first single is not getting any traction on top 40 radio, she could use publicity any way she could get. But her publicist Samantha Borenstein said she was on “vocal rest” and couldn’t do one-on-one interviews, save for some time with The Voice radio station.

After meeting with kids at the hospital too ill to come down to the studio, she came by to talk to Wendy Threatt, who is the lead jock for The Voice (which also brings in interns from colleges and Seacrest’s high school Dunwoody High). She spoke for 10 minutes, taking questions from a couple of kids (Her favorite number is 22, her dad’s football jersey number and her superpower would be to teleport so she could travel around easier.) She said she liked the final two on “Idol” this year and noted that she thinks she was younger when she won in 2007 than Scotty McCreery was when he won by two months.

Otherwise, she didn’t talk about her upcoming album or her current single, subjects I would have asked. I would have also inquired about her weight loss. Wendy said she ran out of time after ten minutes to get to those topics. Interview over, Jordin gabbed and too photos with kids for a few more minutes before jumping into an extended Hummer limousine. (The driver jokingly said the MPG is in the fractions of a mile.)

So much for “vocal rest.”

I didn’t get my interview but I did get a few photos of her and the boy bands:

Jordin smiling

Jordin with Zykeria and her mom Shay Holley from Tripp County

Jordin with Zykeria and her mom Shay Holley from Tripp County

Wendy Threatt and Brian Littrell of Backstreet Boys

Wendy Threatt and Brian Littrell of Backstreet Boys

AJ meets the fans

A.J. McLean of Backstreet Boys fame meets the fans

Donnie Wahlberg of NKOTB is two months younger than I am.

Donnie Wahlberg of NKOTB is two months younger than I am.

Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) talks to Joey McIntyre (NKOTB)

Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) talks to Joey McIntyre (NKOTB)

the crowd

Jordin's Hummer limo!

Jordin's Hummer limo!

14 comments Add your comment

a$$play

June 22nd, 2011
5:45 pm

Where is Ron Perlman? or was that the other boy band. Actually I think it was both…

JTesla

June 22nd, 2011
5:53 pm

Jordin is looking good. Thanks for all the pictures.

Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block… LOL.

a$$play

June 22nd, 2011
5:58 pm

Its Lou Perlman…my bad. He always said he was the 6th Backsteet Boy and got paid like it. Nice to see they are still hangin tough.

Mercedes S.

June 22nd, 2011
6:48 pm

Seriously, RoHo, is Jordin all that interesting?? Except for weight loss, what would there be to talk about?

JTesla

June 22nd, 2011
7:01 pm

She had some hits… in a J.Lo sense (as in no future airplay).

Deirdre

June 22nd, 2011
9:01 pm

Jordin is an Idol winner visiting here in Atlanta. That is reason enough to devote a thread to her.

Mercedes S.

June 22nd, 2011
9:16 pm

Yay, my “girl” (Chas in the making?) Beverly made it!

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Rodney Ho

June 22nd, 2011
9:58 pm

I haven’t interviewed Jordin in nearly three years. I would have liked to but her publicist wasn’t helpful in the least. She was more worried about the time and Jordin’s voice for a 20-minute opening set than she was accommodating the press.

Seth T

June 22nd, 2011
10:23 pm

Yes, looks like Javier, Beverly, Dia and Vicci in the finals. Now I just wonder if America gets the whole vote, or if the coaches get to keep whoever they want to win. It’s still a question to me on how they jittered-around with the popular vote to come-up with that number system.

The way the numbers came-up, it appeared that if all the coaches had no say or vote, it would have came out the same way anyway. Why bother to vote if the coach might knock-out your efforts by weighing-in with a heavily slanted vote?

The show tonight was really a little off-putting to me while they pimped for tears and breakdowns and sob stories, and side-stories and babbeling about how the coaches are in love with their team for life plus 10. Wonder how that will all play-out when the also-rans are asking for a loan to produce a record and float a tour a year from now. (Last night I knew yuh, today I don’t)

Seth T

June 22nd, 2011
10:34 pm

Also, nice to catch-up with Jordin, she’s a truly great vocalist, easy to look-at and listen to.

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♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

June 23rd, 2011
10:41 am

Rodney, a shame you didn’t get your inteview with Jordin.

Whoever asked, Lou Perlman was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and is in prison. The guy was a total creepster, imo. He definitely rubbed me the wrong way back when I watched Making The Band (O-Town came out of that), and yes, I totally dated myself. ;)

Mercedes, um, I don’t think “girl” is too nice to Beverly. Granted, her style is way out there, but I don’t think she’s transgendered (like Chaz) just a rocking lesbian. Honestly, I’m not a fan of her look, but she projects so much joy when she’s performing that I can get past it.

Kate

June 23rd, 2011
1:26 pm

I think you are missing the point. Jordin was at Egleston to visit with kids in a hospital, not to promote her single or latest album. I don’t think bringing up her recent weight loss would be appropriate in front of young, impressionable kids who already have enough on their minds. Good for her for not making this a publicity stunt.