Kelly Clarkson - the Idol that Started it All

Posted in Inspiration on Jan 20th, 2019

It's hard to believe a time when American Idol was revolutionary - and when landlines were commonly used to vote for popular contestants. Kelly Clarkson, the winner of the debut season of American Idol, has enjoyed a very successful music career. Her powerhouse vocals remain gripping, while her musicality has evolved to show her life, passions, and heartaches. From a fresh-faced Idol to a positive mother of two, Kelly has come a long way since sharing the stage in 2002. As the inaugural winner of a show that launched other talents and spin-offs, Kelly is the original Idol. But how well do you really know Kelly Clarkson?

15. The First American Idol

It's hard to believe that the talented Kelly Clarkson was just votes away from missing out on the first American Idol title. Revolutionary at the time, American Idol allowed the public to select which captivating crooner would be the next pop superstar. Each week, the finalists would compete in performances, with voters at home calling or text their favorites. Although the judges helped guide the performers - who can forget Simon Colwell's epic snark - Kelly won the hearts of America with her powerful voice, sweet smile, and endearing personality.

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