'Idol' Champs vs. Runners-Up: Who's the Bigger Winner?

As Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard prepares to compete on The Biggest Loser, see which American Idol winners have been eclipsed by those who came in second (13 Photos)

Ali Gray on May 17, 2013 at 10:36AM

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'Idol' Champs vs. Runners-Up: Who's the Bigger Winner?

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Season 1: Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini

Winner: Kelly Clarkson
Arguably the most successful Idol contestant to date, Clarkson was the first Idol to win a Grammy (She won two in 2006, and just picked up her third in 2013), and the native Texan's five albums have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

Runner-Up: Justin Guarini
After his self-titled first album tanked, selling less than 150,000 copies, Guarini was dropped from his record label. He's now remembered mostly for his curly hair and smoldering eyes (hopefully, he and his costar won't be remembered for their 2003 film flop From Justin to Kelly).

Will the real season 1 Idol please stand up?
Without question, Clarkson deserves her crown.

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