American Idol

Season 1 Episode 25


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 04, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The episode begins as usual, with the whole thing starting. They go behind the scenes for the first hour and the final 10 come back, sing for about half an hour, and then the question on everyone's mind since the series began, who is the american idol?

And the winner is...


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  • the first season finale of american idol

    i wasnt too happy with the fact that hte finale took forever like a couple of hours just to announce who the first ever american idol was. overall i am very pleased with the results that kelly clarkson won american idol over runner up justin guarini. i spent about an hour and a half voting just for her and i felt like i was part of the reason why she won. this is also like almost hte last episode we would see brian dunkleman as cohost with ryan seacrest as he wont be back next season =[ oh well at least the judges are still theremoreless
  • kelly's moment

    This episode was the moment of truth. Kelly Clarkson won the Season1 of American Idol! When she sang, they flashed to her parents, and they looked so so so proud of her! Brings tears to my eyes when she sings now that she is doing so very well in her career. Not only does she sing, but she has now appeared in movies such as "From Justin To Kelly". It seemed she was too happy to actually sing "a moment like this" when it was her chance, but she sure did show the world she could sing in her albums.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Kelly and Justin each performed their final song from the previous night one last time (A Moment Like This for Justin and Before Your Love for Kelly). They also sang a duet of "It Takes Two" by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston

    • The top 10 sang on stage together twice. Both times individual people would have solo songs with the rest backing up. The first time was a 60's medley (with some of sixty's week songs in there and songs by Burt Bacharach, who was the first mentor ever on A.I.) and consisted of: "The Shoop Shoop Song" by Merry Clayton (girls), "California Girls" by Beach Boys (boys), "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra (led by Ryan), "A Fool In Love" by Tina Turner (led by Tamyra), "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin (led by Niki), "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" by James Taylor (led by A.J.), "The Look of Love" by Dusty Springfield (led by Justin), "Don't Make Me Over" by Dionne Warwick (led by Christina), "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers (led by EJay), "Under the Boardwalk" by Drifters (led by R.J.), "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin (led by Kelly) and "Happy Together" by The Turtles.
      The second was a Motown medley (which also had Motown week songs) and consisted of: "Dancing in the Street" by Martha and the Vandellas, "Get Ready" by The Temptations (boys), "If You Really Love Me" by Stevie Wonder (girls with Ryan Soloing), "I Can't Help Myself" by 4 Tops (led by R.J.), "I'll Be There" by The Jackson 5 (led by Niki), "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Stevie Wonder (led by Jim), "You're All I Need to Get By" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (led by Kelly), "My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder (led by A.J.), "My Guy" by Diana Ross (led by Christina), "My Girl" by The Temptations (led by EJay), "With You I'm Born Again" by Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright (led by Justin and Tamyra), and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson (led by Kelly and Will Young (winner of Pop Idol) who joined her on stage for just the last song).

    • When asked who they thought America voted for all three judges said Kelly.

    • After Kelly won she sung "A Moment Like This", which would be her first single. Towards the end of the song the Top 30 joined her on stage.

    • This was a special two hour episode

    • America voted for Kelly Clarkson to be their first American Idol with 58% of the votes over Justin Guarini. There were 15.5 million votes the night before and over 100 million since the start.

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  • NOTES (7)

    • Kelly becomes the first contestant ever to never had been in the Bottom 3/2. Most winners (and even some runner ups) also share that tradition later on.

    • Kelly Clarkson becomes the first winner whose audition is never shown throughout the entire season. Her's would later be shown in American Idol Rewind.

    • Will Young and Kelly Clarkson sang a duet together during the Motown medley. Oddly enough Kelly won, so without knowing it they had the winner from season 1 of Pop Idol sing with the winner of season 1 of American Idol.

    • In the 2008 Emmy awards, Kelly Clarkson's victory was in the list of the Most Memorable Comedy TV Moments. However, it didn't make it to the top 5.

    • After winning the title of American Idol, Kelly Clarkson went on to become #52 Singles Artist of the Year 2002.

    • This is Brian Dunkleman's final appearence on the show. He later said that he wanted to persue other things in his career. They later hired a female to take is place, but she backed out.

    • Seacrest and Dunkleman mention auditions for the next show will begin probably in November or December.