American Idol is a television contest to discover the best amateur singer in the United States. Each series begins with a number of auditions and a chosen few make the next round. The contestants compete to enter the final rounds, where the public vote for the best performance via the phone. The series was based on the British show “Pop Idol” and has become one of the most popular television shows of all time. The first season of the show began in 2002 and was known as “American Idol: The Search for a Superstar .” Continue reading to find out which contestant won the first series of American Idol.
Who was the first person to win American Idol?
The first winner of American Idol was Kelly Clarkson, who was announced as the winner on September 4, 2002. The final was contested between Justin Guarini, a favorite throughout much of the series, and Clarkson, who didn’t impress initially but was able to convince the judges and public with some strong performances in the later rounds. She beat 121 contestants that were selected from over 10,000 people who auditioned for the series.
Kelly Clarkson has since become the most successful Idol winner in the world. She has sold over 23 million albums and 39 million singles throughout the world. Her single “A Moment Like This” broke a 32 year old record held by The Beatles for the largest rise to number 1 (from 52nd place) in the history of the Hot 100 chart. In 2009 she broke this record again when her song “My Life Would Suck Without You” jumped from 97 to number 1!