Today in History: Kelly Clarkson Wins First American Idol


Kelly Clarkson

On this day in 2002, Kelly Clarkson, a 20-year-old cocktail waitress from Texas, wins Season One of American Idol in a live television broadcast from Hollywood’s Kodak Theater.

Clarkson came out on top in the amateur singing contest, over 23-year-old runner-up Justin Guarini, after millions of viewers cast their votes for her by phone.

She was awarded a recording contract and went on to sell millions of albums and establish a successful music career.

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