Season 1

Winner: Kelly Clarkson
AMERICAN IDOL® premiered on June 11, 2002, and forever changed television. Viewers tuned in each week as young talent from all over the country performed for the show's vibrant judging panel made up of Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell, and the show was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman. When Kelly Clarkson became the very first AMERICAN IDOL®, the show proved that it could create massive worldwide pop stars.