American Idol

Wednesday 8:00 PM on FOX Premiered Jun 11, 2002 Returning January 15th, 2014



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  • Season 1 Episode 25: EL FINALE!

  • 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.

  • Season 1 Episode 24: Showdown!

  • Simon and Randy both thought Kelly would win and Paula stayed neutral.

  • There were no video montages played before any of the songs, usually one plays before the first one.

  • Instead of the contestants going and sitting by the hosts after their song, they came to center stage (the exception was after Justin's last performance), which Ryan does in the newer seasons.

  • Will Young, who won Pop Idol, sang "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" by Jackie Wilson which he sang during the competition during the Top 3 week as the Judges' Choice.

  • The judges sat up in a special box, instead of right in front of the stage as usual. They also did not critique each performance, instead at the end they gave their overall impression of the two contestants

  • Songs sung (2 Original songs written to go on single album of winner and 1 favorite from the competition):
    Justin Guarini - "Before Your Love" (Original) (1st song),"Get Here" by Oleta Adams (2nd song),A Moment Like This" (3rd song)
    Kelly Clarkson - "A Moment Like This" (Original) (1st song), "Respect" by Aretha Franklin (2nd Song), "Before Your Love" (Original) (3rd song)

  • Season 1 Episode 23: Two More

  • They did not announce how many votes came in from the night before, but Ryan did mention that through the course of the season almost 85 million calls had been made.

  • This results show was a special hour long episode, where usually the results are only 30 minutes.

  • Due to there only being three contestants left there was no bottom 3/2. They just announced that Nikki McKibbin had the lowest amount of votes

  • Season 1 Episode 22: Three Do Two

  • Just as Kelly comes out for her first performance the screen shows the website ( on msn) and that the phone lines are not yet open for about half a second, so it probably was a goof.

  • After Kelly's second performance Brian reads out her numbers. This is the only time in the series that a contestants number's are not read out by Ryan.

  • After one of the commercial breaks Ryan's mic was still off and the first part of his speech was cut off.

  • Songs Sung (1st one is the Idol's choice and the 2nd is Judges choice):
    Nikki McKibbin - "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks (1st song), "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles (2nd song)
    Justin Guarini - "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green (1st song), "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John (2nd song)
    Kelly Clarkson - "Without You" by Badfinger" (1st song), "Think Twice" by Celine Dion (2nd song)

  • Season 1 Episode 21: What? Who? You're sure now?

  • There were 15 million votes

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