Remembering The 'American Idol' Pilot, Which Ignored Kelly Clarkson

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Remembering The 'American Idol' Pilot, Which Ignored Kelly Clarkson

No one wears a dress over jeans quite like Kelly Clarkson. And no one sings quite like her either. Though, watching the pilot episode of American Idol, you wouldn't know it, given the eventual Season 1 winner wasn't even featured in the first, second, or third episode of the series that launched millions of record sales.

Read many an American Idol article, and you'll find producers have a revisionist history about the first seasonthough many claim to have recognized Kelly's star power the second she entered the set, the second-most successful American Idol (behind Season 4's Carrie Underwood) wouldn't even be seen until halfway through the semifinals. Instead, in watching the pilot episode of Idol — which my co-host Allison Piwowarski and I watched for our latest episode of TV. Watch. Repeat. — you'll see an episode that clearly sets up a win for either Tamyra Gray or Justin Guarini.

All the same, it's still a fun watch full of spikey hair and other questionable fashion choices, so go on the journey alongside us in our latest podcast episode! So grab your red Coca-Cola cup and enjoy the story of American Idol on our latest episode of TV. Watch. Repeat. on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. And be sure to check out our daily pop culture podcast, Pop Chaser, for all your entertainment headline needs!

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