American Idol Season !: Kelly Clarkson

American Idol Season !: Kelly Clarkson

Birth Name
Kelly Brianne Clarkson


5′ 3½” (1.61 m)

Trade Mark

Performs barefoot.


Originally wanted to be a marine biologist but changed her mind when she saw the movie Jaws (1975).

Was an extra on the show “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” (1996).

Graduated from Burleson High School, Burleson, Texas in 2000.

She won the first “American Idol” contest, September 4, 2002. Her first single came out in late September of that year.

Was a cocktail waitress at a comedy club in Arlington, Texas and at Hyena’s Comedy Club in Downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

Mom: Jeanne.

Stepdad: Jimmy Taylor.

Her first single sold nearly 250,000 copies in its first week.

Her first single, “A Moment Like This”, set records by jumping from number 52 to the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Beat out more than 10,000 people to land a $1 million recording contract on American Idol.

Brother: Jason (b. 1973), sister: Alyssa (b. 1976).

Kelly stayed up all night before her “American Idol: The Search for a Superstar” (2002) audition so she wouldn’t sleep through the alarm, which she frequently did in high school.

Used to work at a bookstore and at a zoo.

Used to work at Hollywood Theatres in Burleson, Texas.

Sang the National Anthem at The Day of Service in Washington D.C., on September 11, 2002.

Christina Aguilera co-wrote her hit, “Miss Independent”.

Came in second place in World Idol (2003) (TV).

Avril Lavigne co-wrote her new single ‘Breakaway’ which is on the soundtrack for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004).

Debut album, “Thankful” went double platinum.

Is of Greek, Welsh, and Irish descent.

As a child, her favorite thing to wear was a Mickey Mouse t-shirt.

Sophmore album, “Breakaway”, debuted at number three.

Is the first artist in the Billboard Radio Monitor era to hold the No. 1 spot at Mainstream Top 40 and AC during the same week with two different songs (Breakaway and Since U Been Gone).

Ranked #92 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World (2005).

Became the first artist to have two songs in the top three of Billboard’s Pop 100 Airplay chart (Since U Been Gone, Behind These Hazel Eyes)

Underwent LASIK eye surgery to correct her vision

As of July 2005, she is the top-selling American Idol contestant, having sold approximately five million albums in the U.S. and having had five Top 10 singles.

First artist to have two songs in the top 3 of the Billboard Pop Airplay 100 simultaneously, with “Since U Been Gone” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes”.

Her first album, Thankful, has sold more than 2.5 million copies in America. Her Sophomore album, Breakaway, has sold more than 5.6 million copies in the US, with almost 11 million in sales worldwide.

Held a record on TRL for a song to be number one on the countdown.

Her music video for “Because of You” debuted at #1 on TRL. The only other artists to achieve this goal are Britney Spears, Eminem and “N’SYNC”.

Won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (‘Since U Been Gone’) and Best Pop Vocal Album (‘Breakaway’) at the Grammy Awards on February 8th 2006. Kelly also performed “Because of You” at the ceremony and received a standing ovation.

Ranked as #92 in FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005” special supplement (2005).

Fave Artists: Reba McEntire, Mariah Carey, Céline Dion, No Doubt, etc.

Fave Song: Des’ree “Kissing You.

Accepted 2 Grammy Awards the award for Pop Female Vocal for “Since U Been Gone” and now, her album has been awarded Best Pop Album!

Parents divorced when she was six.

Named #50 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006” supplement. (2006).

Fired her manager, Jeff Kwatinetz, in early 2007.

Said in a Reader’s Digest interview that as a toddler, she would often walk around naked and that, to this day, hates wearing clothes. Calls wardrobe fittings “the death of me”.

Considers her Texas home her “sanctuary” and turns off her cell phone when going home.

Had jobs as a teenager and determined that once she started making money as a musician, she never wanted to have to take a job for the money. Working with her business manager, she said she has financially set herself up for life.

Performed Ave Maria for Pope Benedict XVI on April 19, 2008. This took place at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York.

Video for “My Life Would Suck Without You” placed number #6 on VH1’s Top 40 Videos of 2009.

Video for “I Do Not Hook Up” placed number #25 on VH1’s Top 40 Videos of 2009.

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~ by Frankie on 02/01/2010.

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