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Holy Shit, Kelly Clarkson Won "American Idol" 14 Years Ago

Just a reminder that time passes really fucking quickly.

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One thing that many, many, many people in the world can agree on is that Kelly Clarkson is the greatest thing to come out of American Idol.

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She was the OG winner. The one with a vocal range that still blows your mind.

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(She was also the star of the super underrated masterpiece known as From Justin to Kelly.)

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This all might seem like just yesterday. Kelly, Justin Guarini, Ryan Seacrest, and that other guy who never came back, standing on a stage.

His name is Brian Dunkleman, btw.
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His name is Brian Dunkleman, btw.

And then...BOOM. Kelly's announced as the winner.

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Well folks, that was 14 years ago today, September 4, 2002. FOURTEEN YEARS.

I know, stressful to think about.
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I know, stressful to think about.

Same, Kelly. Same.

14 yrs ago 2day @AmericanIdol opened a door w/such amazing opportunities & experiences 4 me! I am 4ever grateful & blessed! #heresto14more 🎉

Just want to say thank you, American Idol, for gifting us the perfection known as Kelly Clarkson, who's still killing the game 14 years later.

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