Quickies: Harry Styles, Kelly Clarkson & Lil Nas X

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HARRY STYLES TURNED DOWN PRINCE ERIC ROLE IN ‘THE LITTLE MERMAID’ TO FOCUS ON MUSIC: Fans were crushed when Harry Styles turned down the role of Prince Eric in ABC’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. But he had a good reason for saying no. In a new interview with The Face, Harry says he wants to focus on his own music right now rather than acting. “It was discussed,” he says of the Disney role. “I want to put music out and focus on that for a while. But everyone involved in it was amazing, so I think it’s going to be great. I’ll enjoy watching it, I’m sure.”

KELLY CLARKSON COVERS DOLLY PARTON’S ‘9 TO 5’ IN NEW TALK SHOW PROMO: Kelly Clarkson is ready to start her new gig on Monday as the host of The Kelly Clarkson Show. To celebrate her first day on the job, she’s putting her own spin on Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” In a new promo for the show, Kelly sings the tune as she tries out a bunch of different professions, including waitress, firefighter, construction worker and police officer. The Kelly Clarkson Show debuts in syndication on NBC-owned stations September 9th. Kelly will also be returning as a coach on The Voice, which premieres on NBC September 23rd. Normani will be joining Team Kelly as an advisor this season. Meanwhile, Usher is joining John Legend’s team as an advisor, will.i.am will be Gwen Stefani’s team advisor, and Darius Rucker will be advising Blake Shelton’s team.

LIL NAS X GOES FUTURISTIC IN ‘PANINI’ MUSIC VIDEO: Lil Nas X looks to the distant future in his new music video for “Panini.” The video channels sci-fi film Blade Runner and features multiple, holographic advertisements of Lil Nas X plastered all over a futuristic city. A young woman is unable to escape the advertisements and tries to get away by taking an Uber. Lil Nas X then approaches her in an alleyway alongside dancing robots. The woman next boards a flight which Lil Nas X reaches by using a pair of jet-powered boots. The rapper eventually turns off the advertisements and leaves the woman alone after she jumps out of the plane and lands safely. “Panini” appears on Lil Nas X’s EP “7,” which also features “Old Town Road (Remix)” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. Lil Nas X and Cyrus won Song of the Year for “Old Town Road (Remix)” recently at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.