It’s Been 20 Years Since This Singer Won American Idol

She's come a long way!


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Believe it or not, it’s been 20 years since Kelly Clarson not only competed in the very first season of the reality singing show, American Idol but won it too!!

Commemorating the momentous anniversary which launched her musical career, Kelly took to Instagram to express her gratitude saying, “20 years ago today I won American Idol and it forever changed the course of my life,”

“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,” she continued.


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Following her success from the show, the singer released her first single “A Moment Like This,” which she sang on finale night. Since then, she has scored many hits including “Miss Independent,” “Breakaway,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Because of You” and “Stronger.” All bangers in our opinion!

Continuing her emotional message the mum of two expressed how thankful she was for the support in her life saying, “We only get so many trips around the sun and while I am proud and feel abundantly blessed of the successes and failures that I have learned from, I am most proud and grateful for those friends that have become family, and for their arms that have held me when I needed it and their hearts that listened to me when I felt lost.”

Adding, “Without them, I would not be where I am. I would probably not be here at all.” Stop Kelly, you’re gonna make us cry!!

“Thank you so much to every single person that voted 20 years ago! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I hope all of you have people in your lives that fill you with laughter, and hope, and happiness, and if you don’t feel like you have that, then keep searching because I promise you they’re looking for you too,” she concluded.

At the time, the show’s judging panel consisted of Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul, and was hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkelman with Seacrest being the sole host since season two.

As far as Kelly’s career goes, it’s only gone from strength to strength since her win, having won several accolades including three Grammy Awards, and has even topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart three times. As well as that, the singer also found success in her very own talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” which is currently on its fourth season.

We couldn’t be happier for her!!