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desperation, one of her friends, Jessica, encouraged her to stand still and suggested her to try out for Fox's new show "American Idol," the search for a superstar. And so in 2001, along with ten thousand others, Kelly auditioned for the American Idol, for which she said to know nothing about it and tried it out just for fun. Chosen as one of the finalists, she performed live every week for ten weeks with an estimated 25 million viewers, sang such songs as "Respect," "Natural Woman," and "Without You". As fate would have it, she was chosen a favorite among voters, mainly because of her powerful voice and sweet personality. And when the final show came, that was on September 4, 2002, Kelly performed "A Moment Like This," a song written especially for American Idol.
Kelly, the only contestant to have never landed in the bottom three, was at the end revealed as the winner, became the first "American Idol" with 58 percent of the votes in the final contest against Justin Guarini. Becoming the newly crowned "American Idol," she automatically received the show's prize of a one million dollar recording contract with RCA Records and also signed a deal with Creative Artists Agency. In succession, Kelly then went on the seven week national American Idol Tour, and on September 11, 2002, she sang the National Anthem in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
Two weeks after winning the title 'American Idol,' Kelly released her first single "A Moment Like This," which quickly reached number one on the Billboard charts in just one week after its release. By and by, this single set an American record, rising on October 5, 2002, from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard charts, a record previously held by The Beatles with "Can't Buy Me Love". Despite the fact that she's becoming a superstar, Kelly decided not to move to L.A. or New York. Rather, she remained in Texas.
On April 15, 2003, she had her first full-length album "Thankful" released by RCA Records and was certified as "double platinum," signifying over two million sales in the US by the RIAA. Along with this attainment, many critics pointed to Kelly's much success as could be accredited to the commerciality of her music, yet "Thankful" still garnered good reviews. Aside from various critics dedicated to her, Kelly's first single "Miss Independent," also