US singer Kelly Clarkson has a crush on fellow Texan Matthew Mcconaughey, even though he's in love with Penelope Cruz.

AMERICAN IDOL star Clarkson admits she'd love to read a newspaper story linking her to the A Time To Kill actor.

She says, "Matthew McConaughey, I wouldn't mind that...

"I don't really like anybody in the industry other than him. You know, he's a Texas boy and that's where I'm from, and he's hot. Both good characteristics to have."