Reba McEntire has a direct connection to many of today’s hottest stars, but the one performer who wows her is Justin Timberlake.

“My mama wanted me to do another song with him,” the country diva, 53, laughs.

The pair sang The Only Promise That Remains on her 2007 Reba Duets album.

What is JT, 28, really like?

“He’s a good ol’ boy from Memphis, and with all the things he’s done and acquired, he’s still a gentleman. And very thoughtful. He looks at you when you’re talking – looks you right in the eye. His mama and daddy did a great job on him, teaching him his manners and he’s a true Southern gentleman.”

Reba admits his girlfriend Jessica Biel is a great catch.

“Well, I think that’s fine,” she says. “If they’re happy, that’s great.”

Another artist she can’t get enough of is Miss Independent Kelly Clarkson, 26, who issues her fourth release, All I Ever Wanted, on Tuesday.

“I am so excited about her new album,” Reba says. “I’ve listened to most of the cuts. It’s a very diversified album. It’s not just one thing all the time. It’s cute, it’s sassy, it’s emotional and you’re going to love it. I promise you you’re going to love it.”

She continues, “I love her to pieces. We have a lot of fun together. We’ve been on vacations together. I’ve been over to her house to eat dinner, she’s been over to my house to eat dinner, in Nashville and L.A. She’s from Texas, and I’m from Oklahoma. We have a lot of the same ideas. We’re hard-working women and we know what we want in our careers and we take it very seriously.”

Reba and Kelly once picked up takeout from Sonic, and ate by the pool.

“It was a lot of fun,” Reba says.

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