The show took its lumps following Phillip Phillips' cruise to the title, from infighting among judges and a disastrous attempt to force a female winner to a decline in ratings and sponsors. With this feat, the singer becomes the first openly gay musician ever to top the Billboard Criticisms were also voiced about the voting system that resulted in survival of contestants such as John Stevens over Jennifer Hudson, or Jasmine Trias over LaToya London. Be Nice. I just wasn't asked.
Immediately after winning American Idol on September 4,Kelly Clarkson was arranged to sing " The Star-Spangled Banner " by her then management company, 19 Entertainmentat a special commemoration the following week for the first anniversary of September 11 attacks at the Lincoln Memorial.
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For a show that's been buried by critics, pundits, and opposing networks anxious to throw some dirt on the "Idol" coffin, last night's capper sure acted like a lively, culturally aware corpse.