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 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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