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Kelly Clarkson made our all-time ''Idol'' Top 10

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Kelly Clarkson, American Idol
KELLY CLARKSON: C. Baer/FOX

Kelly Clarkson made our all-time ”Idol” Top 10

Song ”Stuff Like That There”

Date Aug. 6, 2002 (season 1)

Why We Remember Some folks rail against the theme nights, which often force the contestants into new and unfamiliar musical genres, but they forget that big-band night helped make a star of the very first American Idol. Decked out in her black-and-white polka-dot dress and pearls, Kelly (rocking a slightly more sophisticated look in this photo) broke out a monster range that proved more than equal to the brassy, sassy ”Stuff Like That There,” making the dusty gem sound fresh and modern. And indeed, her ability to raise even the sleepiest numbers (”A Moment Like This,” ”Miss Independent”) to pop relevance has helped Kelly make the transition from TV-show novelty act to formidable chart-topper.

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