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'American Idol': Then & Now

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Season 1 - Kelly Clarkson

Named the first "American Idol," Clarkson is one of the most successful contestants to date with more than 25 million records sold worldwide. She was also named the 14th best-selling artist of the 2000s by Billboard. Clarkson wed talent manager Brandon Blackstock in 2013 and welcomed her first child the following year. The singer is currently expecting her second child. She released her seventh studio album, entitled "Piece by Piece," in 2015. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photos: Getty Images)

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