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With the movie Dream­girls and Broad­way’s The Color Pur­ple on her ré­sumé, the Os­car- and Grammy-win­ning for­mer Amer­i­can Idol con­tes­tant, 35, re­turns to TV Dec. 7 to play Mo­tor­mouth May­belle, the owner of a Bal­ti­more record store, in NBC’s musical hol­i­day event Hair­spray Live!

Hair­spray was orig­i­nally a 1980s movie musical, then a Broad­way play and then an­other movie. Do its themes of in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity make it very “to­day”?

I think so. Ob­vi­ously, it’s a sit­u­a­tion that is very present at the mo­ment. I think it will have a very pow­er­ful im­pact and give the story that much more mean­ing.

You re­cently wrapped up The Color Pur­ple on Broad­way. Will you be ner­vous do­ing a live TV per­for­mance seen by mil­lions more peo­ple?

Yes—I was ter­ri­fied for open­ing night on Broad­way, and that is far more in­ti­mate. And then, right on the heels of that, I’m go­ing to go do a live stage pro­duc­tion tele­vised for the world to see. I don’t know what I’m think­ing! But some­times your pas­sion has to be big­ger than your fear.

Do you have a spe­cial hol­i­day tra­di­tion?

My sis­ter and I have our Ju­lian D. King Gift Foun­da­tion. We give back to the needy kids in the Chicago area, so we spend time with them. There are a lot of stock­ings for them and Santa is in­volved. And then just spend­ing time with fam­ily. I re­cently started a Starbucks karaoke party with a live band. Put on an ugly sweater, go to Starbucks, ev­ery­body gets their fa­vorite drinks and snug­gles up and we sing Christ­mas songs, karaokestyle. I have been do­ing that for the last cou­ple of years.

Does she think blondes (like Hair­spray’s May­belle) have more fun? Go to Pa­­son to find out.

Email your ques­tions for Wal­ter Scott to per­son­al­[email protected]­

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