American Idol Final - Kelly vs. Justin
Sept. 3, 2002 was the night American Idol fanatics have been waiting for all summer. The final competitors - Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini - belted it out for the 1 million dollar record contract. Guess who won? Read on...
The Sing-OffTuesday September 3, 2002 was the night American Idol fanatics have been waiting for all summer. The final two competitors - Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini - belted it out for the one million dollar record contract.
Kelly Clarkson won the coin toss and opted to sing after Justin Guarini rather then before. I don't know what her strategy was, but if it was banking on Justin's nerves - she might have guessed right. Justin Guarini did not look as comfortable - or perform as well - as he had in previous episodes. Now don't get me wrong, Justin's voice could still blow Nikki McKibbin, Ryan Starr and A.J. Gil outta the auditorium, but he wasn't up against them anymore... he was up against Kelly Clarkson. Justin Guarini just wasn't any competition for the soulful Texan this time around.
America's Idol Is Announced!Well we know all the judges - Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson are finally in agreement, they'd all pick Kelly as the American Idol. Did YOU phone in for your fave? Did you tune in for the two-hour series finale? If ya did you know that America's Idol is Texan Kelly Clarkson!!!
Course we had to wait almost the full two hours before they let us in on the vote - which was split Kelly Clarkson 58% - Justin Guarini 42%. Justin should feel lucky it wasn't a blow-out. While waiting for the big announcement, we all got to walk down memory lane watching old performances and old auditions from the very first show. We also got to see the ten finalists back together performing and goofing off. It was cool.