Kelly Clarkson has made a big splash as a coach on The Voice. After all, she’s won the last two years, (with Brynn Cartelli and Chevel Shepherd). As we all know Kelly won the first season of American Idol. But it wasn’t all great after she won.
For you young people out there who might not remember, the original season of American Idol was a BIG deal. While the talent competition shows like The Voice and AGT garner huge rating numbers, it’s nothing compared to the first season of Idol. EVERYONE was watching. The finale in which Kelly won was one of the highest rated episodes in TV history. But when she won, Kelly felt utterly alone. Since she was the first winner of a show that launched this genre, people didn’t know how to treat her. She said,
“I know everybody is down with talent shows on TV now, but they weren’t in the beginning so it was very hard. I think that’s why I’m so overly like, ‘Are you good? Are you happy?’ I just want to make sure. I wish someone had done that for me. It’s not like poor me—it worked out! I just mean at the end of the day, we forget that we’re all human. We’re not robots. We’re tired and we’re excited and all those things should count and be validated and I just want to be that for them. I just want to be a big sister.”
It’s hard to be a pioneer. If you think about it, not only was Kelly Clarkson the first winner, she is also arguably the most successful talent show winner in American history. Only Carrie Underwood rivals her success. Fame appears to be great. However, you lose control of your life and your privacy disappears.