Original ‘Idol’ Runner-up’s Life Today

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Original ‘Idol’ Runner-up’s Life Today, Justin Guarini todayIncredibly, it’s been almost 10 years since Justin Guarini lost to Kelly Clarkson on the very first finale of “American Idol”–after actually being the frontrunner for much of that inaugural season–and his trademark Sideshow Bob curls are long gone.

But the man is still forever, inextricably tied to the “Idol” phenomenon. So it’s easy to imagine that “Idol”s first first runner-up at least occasionally looks back on that historical finale night and wonders how differently his life might have turned out if Ryan Seacrest (and Brian Dunkleman, of course) had announced him as the winner instead. When asked about this, Justin’s answer is quite surprising.

“I totally do think about that–and when I do, I realize, oh my God, it would have been horrible for me to win!” he confesses. “Because it was so right that Kelly won. It just worked out right. That whole season, she was flawless, and they were looking for the best VOICE on there. And she was, hands-down, the best voice.”

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