Kelly Clarkson, who won the first American Idol title in 2002, is denying that she’s battling the show’s producers over the use of her songs.
“Kelly Clarkson was happy to hear her song ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ on America Idol last night. As far as she is concerned, there is no conflict between her and the TV show,” the singer’s spokesperson tells PEOPLE. “She intended all along to license additional material to the show and will do so when asked and within reason.”
According to producers for the FOX show, which kicked off its fifth season on Tuesday, they’ve had trouble reaching a financial agreement with Clarkson to allow contestants to sing her songs.
Tart-tongued judge Simon Cowell weighed in on the controversy saying, “It sounds to me that someone is being difficult and I don’t like that.”
Clarkson is up for two Grammy awards next month. Still, “No matter how talented Kelly Clarkson is, she would not be in the position she’s in now without winning this show,” added Cowell.
Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe said the show hopes to come to terms with Clarkson’s reps. And Clarkson’s manager Jeff Rabhan says she would never snub the show that launched her career.
“We are negotiating for a fair-market value,” says Rabhan. “Nobody is more proud of where she comes from than Kelly Clarkson.”