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Meet the Winner of PopCrush’s Kelly Clarkson Guitar Giveaway!

Samantha Keel
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15-year-old Samantha Keel is an aspiring musician, so you can only imagine how excited the massive Kelly Clarkson fan was when she found out she won a guitar autographed by her idol!

Keel was the winner of PopCrush’s Kelly Clarkson guitar giveaway, where fans could enter to win an electric six-string signed by the ‘Tie It Up’ songstress. We caught up with Keel to ask her about winning, and she could not be more excited about her prize! Check out what she had to say below.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Samantha Keel and I am 15 years old. I’ll be 16 on Aug. 9. Oh! I have a twin sister, but we look absolutely nothing alike [laughs]. I love to sing and play the piano. One day, I hope to become a professional singer. I really want to inspire people! Next year I’m going to audition for the ‘X Factor.’ Kelly is my idol and inspiration.

What was the first thing you did when you found out you won the signed Kelly Clarkson guitar?
I was watching a movie at the time and when I got the email I started screaming and running around my whole house. My sister was like, “You need to calm down it’s not that big of a deal.” And I was like, “THIS IS A VERY BIG DEAL. I JUST WON A GUITAR SIGNED BY MY IDOL.”

I have posters of Kelly in my room and T-shirts of her, and winning that guitar signed by her is a moment that I will never forget! I also have a Twitter and Tumblr account dedicated to her — @KClarksonClub if you ever want to follow me. [Laughs]

I told my parents that I won the guitar and they got all excited. I was like hyperventilating at the time because I was so happy and grateful that I, out of like 36,000 entries, won it! It was the coolest thing ever.

What’s your favorite Kelly Clarkson song and why? 
I absolutely love all of Kelly’s songs, but if I had to choose one, it would definitely be between these two: ‘People Like Us’ and ‘Because of You.’

‘People Like Us’ because everyone in this world is a misfit and they are so pressured about what they are and where to “fit in,” but that doesn’t matter because there are people like us in the world. It’s about equality and I believe that no one is better than anyone else.

‘Because of You’ because she wrote it when she was only 16 years old and she wrote it from her heart, and for so many people to be able to relate and connect to it is awesome! It also became a No. 1 hit! It must have been the greatest feeling in the world to have a song that you wrote go to No. 1!

What’s the first song you plan to learn with your new guitar? Any other songs you plan to learn to play? 
I’m actually putting this guitar in a safe place where it won’t get scratched or ruined [Laughs]. I also have two acoustic guitars and another electric guitar and I’ve always been wanting to learn how to play ‘The House That Built Me’ by Miranda Lambert. My dad knows how to play the guitar extremely well and he’s been teaching me some chords, and one day I hope I can play as good as him.

If you could ask Kelly any question, what would it be?
I WOULD ASK HER SO MANY QUESTIONS. OMG, YOU HAVE NO CLUE. [Laughs]

But if I had to choose one I would ask, “What do you eat or drink before singing and what vocal warm ups do you do?” Yeah, it’s a pretty weird question, but that’s what I would ask! Her voice is phenomenal. I mean, it’s like crazy. I’m going to one of her concerts on Oct. 1 and I am extremely excited!!

Congratulations, Samantha! We hope you enjoy your new guitar!

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