As Crystal Bowersox and company battle it out for the season nine crown, they should stop and give thanks to Kelly Clarkson.

If that singer had not gone on to a successful post-American Idol career, avoiding any major scandals in the process, it's likely that Idol would not be what it is today.

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Kelly Clarkson may be comfortable with her weight, but Self magazine wanted her to drop a few pounds, apparently. A slimmed-down photo of Clarkson on the women's magazine's cover this month is causing waves online.

Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief of the women's health magazine, is speaking out in defense of "retouching" the 27-year-old simply make her "look her personal best."

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If Kelly Clarkson is tired of pregnancy rumors, she might want to avoid clothing choices like she's donned recently. The singer looked considerably heavier performing at the KIIS-FM Wango Tango in California this weekend (below, right).

Contrast how the original American Idol looks compared to just two months ago, when promoting her new album on the current season of the hit show.

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Kelly Clarkson Biography

Kelly Clarkson Then and Now You know Kelly Clarkson as the first-ever American Idol. She has an amazing, amazing voice. More »
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