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11/06/2002 "American Idol" debuts on Fox

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Kelly Clarkson American Idol Season 1 Winner's Journey Auditions & Performances | Idol Global

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Justin Guarini's Battle with Depression After American Idol | Where Are They Now | OWN

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Kelly Clarkson - First Audition - American Idol

The 1st season of American Idol premiered in June 2002 and continued until September. It was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman, the latter of whom left the show after the season ended. Kelly Clarkson was the season winner.
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