She may be a mega-successful pop star now, but a decade ago Kelly Clarkson was simply another contestant on a singing competition. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clarkson has come a long way since her days auditioning for Simon, Paula and Randy.
After climbing to No. 1 on 11 different Billboard charts, Clarkson’s self-penned hit single “Stronger” beat out Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood‘s cheating-avenged hit “Before He Cheats” by 1,000 copies as of present. In fact, Clarkson surpasses Underwood in total digital downloads of their combined singles. That makes her the proud owner of the best-selling single in “American Idol” history.
Since that moment in 2002 when Clarkson was announced the very first winner of “American Idol,” the show has gone on to deliver a talented pool of successful stars such as country sweetheart Underwood and glam rocker Adam Lambert. However, it is Kelly who continues to raise the bar for those who are now following in her footsteps.
Maybe the lesson to be taken from this is that it’s best to be the “stronger” person instead of the “revengeful” one.