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 Kelly auditions and goes through four rounds before finally learning it's a TV show ...



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 The 'Idol' champ makes her mom cry, has advice for people expecting another ballad ...



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A friend signed her up for the competition, so Clarkson was hazy on the details.

  "I showed up and I had no idea what to do."
"I didn't have any clue whether it was, like, one of those pop star group girl things or anything ... but I showed up and I had no idea what to do," she says, laughing. "And I was like the first one in line because I had to make it to work on time."

Kelly sang Etta James' "At Last," a song she brought with her to the show. Four auditions later, she finally learned exactly what "American Idol" was.

"People kept coming out and going, 'I'm going to Hollywood,' and I'm all like, 'Hey, that's great. I just came back.' Then I found out it was this big TV show they were doing."

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On the show, Clarkson quickly became the fan favorite, the judges' favorite and even the contestants' favorite. Throughout the competition, she developed strong friendships with each of the finalists, especially Justin Guarini, the runner-up who co-stars in the upcoming "From Justin to Kelly" musical with Clarkson, and Tamyra Gray, who appears on her album.

"It's weird how everyone saw it as a big competition, 'cause I mean, it was, there was gonna be a winner and everything, but it's just weird 'cause all of us didn't see it as [that]," Clarkson says, collecting her thoughts. "I mean, nobody's taught to fail, you don't want second, but we all just wanted exposure. ... You can't be better than someone that's completely different from you. Justin, Tamyra, Nikki [McKibbin], RJ [Helton], Ryan [Starr], we're all different. You can't really compare apples and oranges."

The premise of "American Idol" is that the winner, voted on by the public, gets a $1 million record deal and the chance to release an album on a major label. What they don't tell you is that while you make that album, you have to juggle constant interviewing, touring the country with the other finalists, and in Kelly's case, making a movie.

With that kind of schedule, Clarkson was forced to record her debut one song at a time with a variety of producers in various studios across the country. With her schizophrenic tastes, however, it actually worked out rather nicely in mixing the sounds together.

What her frantic agenda has hindered is Kelly's personal life. "It would be so unfair to date someone right now, I can't even imagine," she says. "I would be like, 'Oh, I'm sorry. I have to leave,' all the time!"

Clarkson pauses as though she's asking herself whether she would be dating more if she had lost "American Idol." "I used to date, but I've always been the type to just be more involved with getting my whole life situated first," she tosses out. "I grew up with divorce, and you find out that you need to establish yourself and find out who you are before you can let someone else in. So, I'm still finding myself. ... I'm working on my career and I'm very happy."




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