John Battagliese, who played Bob Gaudio in the musical “Jersey Boys” at the Fulton Theater this summer, made 10 weeks of TikTok videos wishing singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson a good day — including several videos shot in Lancaster.
Tuesday’s episode “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” Battalise sang a few bars of Elton John’s “Your Song” with Clarkson in Los Angeles as part of the talk show host’s nationwide talent competition — her “Kellyoke Search” for the duo.
And viewers got a few seconds behind the scenes in Fulton with him. While in Lancaster playing one of the original Four Seasons on Jersey Boys, Batagliese tried to get Clarkson’s attention by posting videos on TikTok, including him singing in costume backstage in Fulton; wishing her well at the microphone at Clipper Magazine Stadium and standing along Prince Street – in front of the theater – holding a sign that read: “Beep if you (heart) Kelly Clarkson.”
In Tuesday’s “Kellyoke Search” segment filmed in Los Angeles, Battalise went into a mobile studio where other Kellyoke candidates were listening to Clarkson’s hit song “Since You’ve Been Gone” while Kelly and her band watched on TV in another room. screen.
“Can you hear Broadway over there?” Clarkson asked her band members. “Okay. Let’s go to him!”
Clarkson came outside to meet Batagliese, who covered his mouth with his hands in surprise. She hugged him and asked if he had been to Broadway. “Me,” he replied. “We love it,” Clarkson replied.
You can watch the video here (Battagliese is the first artist); the story continues after the video.
(Battagliese, a native of Philadelphia, played Greg McConnell in the 2019 Broadway tour of the musical Cruel Intentions.)
Clarkson noted that he looked familiar.
“Well, I’ve been killing the internet for the past 10 weeks with videos wishing you a good day.”
Clarkson’s mouth fell open. She laughed and promised to look for the video. Several clips of his videos were featured on the show, including one of Batagliese in costume backstage on one of the final days of the Fulton show, singing the Four Seasons’ “Sherry” to Clarkson.
Clarkson asked him to sing something of his choice, and Batagliese launched into an a cappella rendition of “Your Song,” with Clarkson joining in.
“Your vibrato is beautiful,” Clarkson said.
According to the show’s website, the audition took place on September 7 at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles
Clarkson announced that she has invited one Kellyoke finalist from each audition city to join her on the show this Friday, September 23.
In a July 14 question-and-answer post on Fulton’s Facebook page, Battalise offered this “fun fact” about himself: “I’m desperately trying to get on The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
“The Kelly Clarkson Show” airs weekdays on NBC affiliate WGAL Channel 8 at 11 a.m. and Philadelphia’s WCAU Channel 3 at 3 p.m.