Kelly Clarkson Remembers American Idol Win in Sweet Throwback Thursday Message

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Kelly Clarkson wrote a sweet TBT message remembering her inaugural American Idol win from way back in 2002. Taylor Hill/Getty Images

A moment like this — needs to be remembered a dozen years later! Kelly Clarkson recalled her 2002 American Idol win for a very special #TBT posted to her Twitter on Thursday, Sept. 4.

“12 years ago today I won the first season of American Idol,” Clarkson, 32, wrote. “Thank you to all the fans that got me here 🙂 #tbt.”

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In 2002, Clarkson, a 20-year-old cocktail waitress from Burleson, Texas, won the inaugural season of the reality competition series opposite runner-up Justin Guarini. The singer went on to release her smash debut single, “A Moment Like This,” which became a number one hit.

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Twelve years later, Clarkson, one of the most commercially and critically successful Idol winners ever, still has a thriving music career thanks to her start on show. She’s also spoken positively about other Idol contestants, including fellow winner and Southern superstar Carrie Underwood.

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“She would be good,” Clarkson told Us of Underwood as a possible Idol judge. “She can have that face . . . that bluff face! She can put that on!”

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Contestants these days, according to a Fox exec, are lacking that star quality and edge that both Clarkson and season 4 Idol winner Underwood possessed during the show’s successful years.

At the Television Critics Association event in July, Fox Networks chairman and CEO Peter Rice told reporters: “I do think if I have a criticism of the show for us last year, it’s that we haven’t found a group of kids that have captured the imagination of the public. They’ve been really talented kids. But for whatever reason, there hasn’t been that sort of catalyst behind the show.”

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