Kelly Clarkson celebrated 20 years since her win on the primary season of “American Idol” on Sunday, transporting followers again to a time of landlines, dial-up web and Justin Guarini.
“20 years ago today I won American Idol and it forever changed the course of my life,” Clarkson stated on her social media accounts. “That moment was the door that opened up so much access and opportunity, and creative partnerships that I will be grateful for all of my days.”
“The family and friendships I have created over these 20 years in music and TV are priceless to me,” the now speak present host stated of her win on Sept. 4, 2002, through which she beat out Guarini for the highest prize.
“We only get so many trips around the sun and while I am proud and feel abundantly blessed for the successes and failures that I have learned from, I am most proud and grateful for those friends that have become family,” she stated. “Without them I would not be where I am. I would probably not be here at all.”
The “From Justin to Kelly” actor signed off on her message by thanking “every single person that voted 20 years ago!”
Fans of Clarkson and the present wrote in regards to the magical second in actuality tv, telling the “Since U Been Gone” singer about what they bear in mind from the primary season of the present.
“This moment represented so much for so many of us. Thank you for always being the girl from Burleson who I stayed up voting for via my landline phone in 4th grade. Best decision I ever made,” one commenter wrote.
Another added, “I watched her win on a tiny TV/VCR combo in my dorm freshman year of college. I remember it like yesterday.”
“American Idol” kicked off its first season on June 11, 2002, with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson; and hosts Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman (sure, there have been as soon as two hosts).
The present aired for 15 seasons on Fox earlier than present process a short hiatus. It later returned on ABC, which is able to air its sixth season in 2023.