Which singer was the first contestant to win Season 1 of American Idol?
On this day in 2002, Kelly Clarkson, a 20-year-old cocktail waitress, won the first season of American Idol in a live television broadcast. Clarkson came out on top in the amateur singing contest over 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. Starting with its first season, American Idol became one of the most popular TV programs in U.S. history and spawned a slew of talent-competition shows.
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