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."

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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