American Idol (season 1): Wikis


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American Idol
Season 1
Broadcast from June 11, 2002 – September 4, 2002
Judges Simon Cowell
Paula Abdul
Randy Jackson
Host(s) Ryan Seacrest
Brian Dunkleman
Broadcaster Fox Broadcasting Company
Finals venue Kodak Theatre
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson at Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth Texas.jpg
Origin Burleson, Texas, U.S.
Song "A Moment Like This"
Genre(s) Pop, pop rock, soul
Justin Guarini

The first season of American Idol premiered on June 11, 2002 (under the full title American Idol: The Search for a Superstar) 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.



Auditions were held in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, and Seattle in the spring of 2002.



Semifinal Group 1

Advancing to the Top 10: Tamyra Gray, Ryan Starr and Jim Verraros

Semifinal Group 2

Advancing to the Top 10: Justin Guarini, Kelly Clarkson and A.J. Gil

Semifinal Group 3

Advancing to the Top 10: Christina Christian, Nikki McKibbin and EJay Day

Wild Card

Advancing to the Top 10: R.J. Helton


Top 10 (Motown)

Bottom 3: Nikki McKibbin, Jim Verraros, EJay Day

First person eliminated: EJay Day

Second person eliminated: Jim Verraros

Top 8 (1960s)

Bottom 3: Ryan Starr, A.J. Gil and Christina Christian

Bottom 2: Ryan Starr and A.J. Gil

Eliminated: A.J. Gil

Top 7 (1970s)

Bottom 3: Nikki McKibbin, Ryan Starr and Justin Guarini

Bottom 2: Ryan Starr and Justin Guarini

Eliminated: Ryan Starr

Top 6 (Big Band)

Bottom 3: Nikki McKibbin, R.J. Helton, Christina Christian

Bottom 2: R.J. Helton and Christina Christian

Eliminated: Christina Christian

Top 5 (Burt Bacharach Love Songs)

  • Result show - Burt Bacharach medley

Bottom 2: Nikki McKibbin and R.J. Helton

Eliminated: R.J. Helton

Top 4 (1980s/1990s)

  • Result show - Paula Abdul Medley

Bottom 2: Nikki McKibbin and Tamyra Gray

Eliminated: Tamyra Gray

Top 3 (Idol's Choice, Judges' Choice)

Eliminated: Nikki McKibbin

Top 2 (Finale)

  • Justin Guarini - "A Moment Like This"
  • Kelly Clarkson - "Before Your Love"

Winner: Kelly Clarkson

Runner-up: Justin Guarini


In the first season the show was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman. Kelly Clarkson won, with Justin Guarini coming in second. A television special from Las Vegas starring the top thirty-two finalists aired after the show, a forty city tour with the top ten followed, as did the box office bomb movie titled From Justin to Kelly. Since winning, Clarkson has gone on to a successful recording career, including multiple-platinum albums, a number of Top 10 hit singles and two Grammy Awards.

Elimination chart

Did Not Perform Top 30 Wild Card Top 10
Stage: Semi-Finals WC Finals
Week: 6/12 6/19 6/26 7/3 7/17 7/24 7/31 8/7 8/14 8/21 8/28 9/4
Place Contestant Result
1 Kelly Clarkson 2nd Winner
2 Justin Guarini 1st Btm 2 Runner-Up
3 Nikki McKibbin 2nd Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 2 Btm 2 Elim
4 Tamyra Gray 1st Elim
5 RJ Helton Elim Adv Btm 2 Elim
6 Christina Christian 1st Btm 3 Elim
7 Ryan Starr 2nd Btm 2 Elim
8 A.J. Gil 3rd Elim
9-10 Jim Verraros 3rd Elim
EJay Day 3rd
Chris Aaron Elim Elim
Kelli Glover
Alexis Lopez Elim
Angela J. Peel
Christopher Badano Elim
Khaleef Chiles
Kristin Holt
Melanie Sanders
Mark Scott
Tanesha Ross
Alexandra Bachelier Elim
Jazmin Lowery
Gil Sinuet
Tenia Taylor
Natalie Burge Elim
Rodesia Eaves
Brad Estrin
Adriel Herrera
Justinn Waddell

American Idol Rewind

Re-edited episodes of American Idol season 1 are now being shown in syndication as American Idol Rewind. The new episodes feature commentary from some of the first season's top 30, including runner-ups Justin Guarini, Jim Verraros, Christina Christian, Angela Peel, and Kelli Glover. Rewind also showcases footage that was not seen in the initial run of season 1, including Kelly Clarkson's full audition.[1]


Major releases

Minor or independent releases

(This list does not include pre-Idol releases)

  • Unsaid and Understood (Jim Verraros, album, 2003)
  • Real Life (RJ Helton, album, 2004)
  • "My Religion" (Ryan Starr, single, 2004)
  • Human Again (Adriel Herrera, album)
  • Rollercoaster (Jim Verraros, album, 2005)
  • Stranger Things Have Happened (Justin Guarini, album, 2005)
  • "To Be with You" (Nikki McKibbin, single, 2006)
  • "The Lie" (Nikki McKibbin, single, 2006)
  • Voyces United for UNHCR (Brad Estrin, album, 2006)
  • Unleashed (Nikki McKibbin, album, 2007)



External links

New television show American Idol
Season 1 (2002)
Succeeded by
Season 2 (2003)


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