Kelly Clarkson Praises One Direction And Jessie J

14 June 2012, 13:42 | Updated: 14 June 2012, 13:54

The 'Dark Side' singer admits the boy band's innocence is an attractive quality which makes them endearing to the American market.

Kelly Clarkson has spoken out about why she chose to give One Direction one of her own songs for their US Billboard chart topping album 'Up All Night'.

The 'Mr. Know It All' singer told the Daily Star that the decision was not something she took lightly and enjoyed listening about the story behind the group.

"I'm very particular about that because my songs are like my babies," she explained. "People have asked for songs and I'm like 'I can't stand their voice, they're not singing my song."

She continued: "When Simon Cowell put me forward to write for One Direction I said: “Let me hear them first.

"'Tell Me A Lie' is the cut I've got on 1D's album as I like the story of them, how they came together as a group."

Kelly went on to reveal the group's "innocence" has helped them attract attention in the UK as well as the US and had high words of praise for other British stars such as Jessie J.

You can view a picture of Kelly Clarkson at the Summertime Ball 2012 below:

"One Direction have worked so well in America as well as the UK because people love a story, plus they have this innocence about them that attracts people," she admitted. "There's a lot of British talent doing well in America right now. I'm a huge fan of Ellie Goulding and Jessie J."

Kelly and Jessie were both on the line-up of this year's Summertime Ball 2012 which also featured the likes of Usher, Justin Bieber and The Wanted.

Meanwhile, the former American Idol winner is currently starring on new music reality show Duets alongside the likes of John Legend.