American Idol

(2002)

American Idol - Season 1 Episodes

American Idol - Season 1

American Idol - Season 1

The first season of American Idol premiered on June 11, 2002 and continued until September 4, 2002. It was won by Kelly Clarkson. This season was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman, the latter of whom left the show after this season.

The winner, Kelly Clarkson, signed with RCA Records, the label in partnership with American Idol's 19 Entertainment. Immediately post-finale, Clarkson released two singles, including the coronation song, "A Moment Like This". "A Moment Like This" went on to break a thirty-eight-year-old record held by The Beatles for a song's biggest leap to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It jumped up from number fifty-two to number one in just one week. She held that record for five years but she reclaimed that record back in 2009 with her hit single My Life Would Suck Without You when it jumped up from number ninety-seven to number one. Clarkson has enjoyed a successful recording career since winning, with multiple-platinum albums, a number of Top 10 hit singles and three Grammy Awards. Runner-up Justin Guarini also signed with RCA Records, eventually debuting an album in 2003 after the conclusion of season 2. RCA dropped him shortly after its debut. In addition to Clarkson and Guarini, also signed were Nikki McKibbin, Tamyra Gray, R. J. Helton, and Christina Christian.

American Idol S1E0
Episode 0

Idols in Vegas

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Episode 1

Auditions

A humorous debut for this hit reality show series. It showed three judges, which were Randy,Paula, and Simon, getting starting to search for the next American Idol. They went to different cities, in each one picking 30 to move on to the next round.Faced with some that were great preformers, or the most talentless people you've ever seen. In the end thouh, successfully they found over a 100 people for the next round.

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Episode 2

Hollywood Week

After going through their first round, things start to heat up when the competion gets harder. Now the contestants have to learn routines, and sing/dance in groups of threes and fours. The judges will pick which ones in the group stay. They had to learn these routines in a couple of nights, sacrificing their resting time. There was no time to relax, they had to stay focused. Many were stressed, and forgot their lines, and didn't know what to do. This narrows the search down to fewer people.

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Episode 3

Top 30: Group 1

They sing. You vote. You decide. Brian Dunkleman and Ryan Seacrest host as group one performs for America. The fate of the 10 hopefuls rests in America's hands as only the Top 3 contestants move on. Performing tonight are Tamyra Gray, Jim Verraros, Adriel Herrera, Rodesia Eaves, Natalie Burge, Brad Estrin, Ryan Starr, Justinn Waddell, Kelli Glover, and Christopher Aaron.

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Episode 4

Top 30: Group 1 results

The show is live and the votes are in! America will see which 3 contestants they voted for will move on to the final 10.

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Episode 5

Top 30: Group 2

They sing. You vote. You decide. Brian Dunkleman and Ryan Seacrest host as Group Two performs for America. The fate of the 10 hopefuls rests in America's hands as only the Top 3 contestants move on. Performing tonight are Alexis Lopez, Gil Sinuet, Angela Peel, A.J. Gil, Tenia Taylor, Alexandra Bachelier, Jazmin Lowery, Jamar, Kelly Clarkson, and Justin Guarini.

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Episode 6

Top 30: Group 2 results

The show is live and the votes are in! Three more contestants will advance to the Final 10. Watch to see who moves one step closer to becoming the American Idol.

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Episode 7

Top 30: Group 3

They sing. You vote. You decide. Brian Dunkleman and Ryan Seacrest host as Group Three performs for America. The fate of the last 10 hopefuls rests in America's hands as only the Top 3 contestants move on. Performing tonight are R.J. Helton, Kristin Holt, Mark Scott, Nikki McKibbin, Chris Badono, Melanie Sanders, Ejay Day, Tanesha Ross, Khaleef Chiles, and Christina Cristian.

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Episode 8

Top 30: Group 3 results

The show is live and the votes are in! The final choices are revealed as the last three contestants advance to the Final 10. Watch to see who moves one step closer to becoming the American Idol.

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Episode 9

Wildcard Show

10,000 auditioned... 121 made it to Hollywood... 30 sang for your vote and 9 are through to the next round. Tonight 5 Wild Cards return to sing again for the judges to decide LIVE which one will complete the Final 10. Tonight on American Idol, who will it be?

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Episode 10

Top 10 Perform

Last night American Idol rocked to Motown. The Top 10 finalists gave it their all. But tonight two dreams are about to come to an end. Two contestants with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated. Find out who America voted for.

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Episode 11

Top 10 Results

Live in Hollywood! They have a new set, full orchestral arrangements, and a live studio audience. The theme is Motown and performing tonight are Ryan Starr, R.J. Helton, Nikki McKibbin, Ejay Day, Tamyra Gray, Justin Guarini, Jim Verraros, Kelly Clarkson, A.J. Gil, and Christina Cristian.

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Episode 12

Top 8 Finalists

Tonight the Top 8 will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol title. The contestants will give it their all in hopes of winning America's vote and surviving another week. Who will play it safe and who will take the big risk? Their fate rests in your hands.

Tonight's theme is the 1960's. Performing tonight are Tamyra Gray, Ryan Starr, Justin Guarini, Kelly Clarkson, A.J. Gil, Christina Christian, Nikki McKibbin, and R.J. Helton.

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Episode 13

Top 8 Results

Last night, the Top 8 finalists performed hits from the 60's. Tonight, the show is live and the votes are in. Who will sing again next week and who will be sent home? The contestant receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated from the competition. Another dream is about to end. Find out who America voted for.

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Episode 14

Top 7 Finalists

Tonight the Top 7 will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol title. The contestants will give it their all in hopes of winning America's vote and surviving another week. Who will play it safe and who will take the big risk? Their fate rests in your hands.

Tonight's theme is the 1970's. Performing tonight are Tamyra Gray, Ryan Starr, Justin Guarini, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Christian, Nikki McKibbin, and R.J. Helton.

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Episode 15

Top 7 Results

Last night, the Top 7 finalists performed hits from the 70's. Tonight, the show is live and the votes are in. Who will sing again next week and who will be sent home? The contestant receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated from the competition. Another dream is about to end. Find out who America voted for.

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Episode 16

Top 6 Finalists

Tonight the Top 6 will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol title. The contestants will give it their all in hopes of winning America's vote and surviving another week. Who will play it safe and who will take the big risk? Their fate rests in your hands.

Tonight's theme is Big Band. Performing tonight are Tamyra Gray, Justin Guarini, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Christian, Nikki McKibbin, and R.J. Helton.

American Idol S1E17
Episode 17

Top 6 Results

Last night, the Top 6 finalists performed hits from the Big Band era. Tonight, the show is live and the votes are in. Who will sing again next week and who will be sent home? The contestant receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated from the competition. Another dream is about to end. Find out who America voted for.

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Episode 18

Top 5 Finalists

Tonight the Top 5 will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol title. The contestants will give it their all in hopes of winning America's vote and surviving another week. Who will play it safe and who will take the big risk? Their fate rests in your hands.

Tonight's theme is love songs. Performing tonight are Tamyra Gray, Justin Guarini, Kelly Clarkson, Nikki McKibbin, and R.J. Helton.

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Episode 19

Top 5 Results

Last night, the Top 5 finalists performed love songs. Tonight, the show is live and the votes are in. Who will sing again next week and who will be sent home? The contestant receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated from the competition. Another dream is about to end. Find out who America voted for.

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Episode 20

Top 4 Finalists

Tonight the Top 4 will perform two songs live for the nation, vying for the American Idol title. The contestants will give it their all in hopes of winning America's vote and surviving another week. Who will play it safe and who will take the big risk? Their fate rests in your hands.

Tonight's theme is the 80's and 90's. Performing tonight are Tamyra Gray, Justin Guarini, Kelly Clarkson, and Nikki McKibbin.

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Episode 21

Top 4 Results

Last night, the Top 4 finalists performed two hits from the 80's and 90's. Tonight, the show is live and the votes are in. Who will sing again next week and who will be sent home? The contestant receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated from the competition. Another dream is about to end. Find out who America voted for.

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Episode 22

Top 3 Finalists

Tonight the Top 3 will each perform two songs live for the nation, vying for the American Idol title. The contestants will give it their all in hopes of winning America's vote and surviving one last week. Who will play it safe and who will take the big risk? Their fate rests in your hands.

Tonight the contestants sing a song of their choice and a song the judges picked for them. Performing tonight are Justin Guarini, Kelly Clarkson, and Nikki McKibbin.

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Episode 23

Top 3 Results

Last night, the Top 3 finalists performed two songs. Tonight, the show is live and the votes are in. Who will sing again next week and who will go home? The contestant receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated from the competition. Another dream is about to end. Find out who America voted for to battle it out in next week's showdown.

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Episode 24

Top 2 Finalists

Kelly vs. Justin who will win?

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Episode 25

Season 1 Finale

The episode begins as usual, with the whole thing starting. They go behind the scenes for the first hour and the final 10 come back, sing for about half an hour, and then the question on everyone's mind since the series began, who is the american idol?

And the winner is...