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Kelly Clarkson - American Idol Season 1 Winner


Full Name: Kelly Brianne Clarkson
Hometown: Burleson, Texas
Birthdate: April 24, 1982
Previous occupation: Cocktail waitress
Random fact: Kelly played the violin when she was younger
Prior brush with fame: Kelly was an extra on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and auditioned for "Popstars"
Audition city: Dallas, Texas
How she made the Top 10: No. 2 vote-getter in Group 2
Singing style: Rock, R&B, Pop
Performance quirk: Singing with her left hand on her stomach and raising her eyebrow while singing
Memorable quote: "Ducka, ducka, ducka"
Brush with elimination: Kelly never hit the bottom 2 or 3
Why she won: Big voice paired with a down-to-earth, bubbly, girl-next-door personality made her a runaway winner
Post-Idol success: Kelly is easily the most successful AI contestant ever. After her Idol win in 2002, she released a multi-platinum and No. 1 single "A Moment Like This". Her debut album "Thankful" went double platinum and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in April, 2003. She was nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award for Best Pop Female Vocal for "Miss Independent". Her follow-up album "Breakaway" was released in November, 2004 and has gone nearly quadruple platinum. In 2005, she won two MTV Video Awards, two American Music Awards and won two Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Since U Been Gone") and Best Pop Vocal Album (Breakaway), in addition to performing "Because of You" at the Grammy Award telecast.
Where Is She Now?: Kelly is touring all over the world and can be heard all over the airwaves with her hit singles "Breakaway" (the longest-running AC chart-topper by a female artist), "Since U Been Gone", "Behind These Hazel Eyes", "Because of You" and "Walk Away".


First audition - At Last
Hollywood auditions - not shown
Top 30 - Respect by Aretha Franklin
Top 10 - You're All I Need To Get By by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Top 8 - Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin
Top 7 - Don't Play That Song by Aretha Franklin
Top 6 - Stuff Like That There
Top 5 - Walk On By by Dionne Warwick
Top 4 - It's Raining Men by The Weather Girls; I Surrender by Celine Dion
Top 3 - Think Twice by Celine Dion; Without You by Nilsson
Top 2 - A Moment Like This; Respect; Before Your Love

LINKS - Official website
Kelly Clarkson Official Fan Club - Official Fan Club - Fan site for Kelly features the latest news, downloads and a Q&A with Kelly's friends
Ultimate Kelly Clarkson - Fan site featuring Kelly news and media
Kelly - Fan site features high quality pictures, media
Kelly Clarkson Express - Message board
Live @ VH1 - Watch live performances of "Breakaway", "Since U Been Gone", "Because Of You" and "Behind These Hazel Eyes"
Buy Kelly's CDs on - Thankful | Breakaway

Kelly Clarkson - Thankful CD Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway CD

Kelly Clarkson

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You're All I Need To Get By (Video)

Natural Woman (Video)

Stuff Like That There (Video)

Without You - Results Show (Video)

A Moment Like This - Grand Finale

Shelter, ReactNow: Music & Relief 9-10-05 (Video)

Because Of You, Oprah Winfrey Show 9-23-05 (Audio | Video)

Breakaway, Oprah Winfrey Show 9-23-05 (Audio | Video)

Because Of You, Grammy Awards, 2-9-06 (Video)











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