Despite the rise and fall of other “American Idol” names — Fantasia, Clay Aiken, Katharine McPhee, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson — Kelly Clarkson will always be the first (and to our minds, greatest) “Idol” winner.
The singer from Burleson, Texas set another record last week becoming the first “Idol” contestant to have a song spend three weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, thanks to a little help from another FOX show.
After being at No. 1 for two weeks, Clarkson’s song “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” had slipped to No. 4. But after being performed by the ladies of “Glee” it shot back to the top spot.
Clarkson has come close previously with both “A Moment Like This” and “My Life Would Suck Without You” hitting No. 1 for two weeks in 2002 and 2009, respectively. Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken also managed two weeks in 2003 with “This Is the Night.”