Aretha Franklin Predicted Kelly Clarkson’s Success During 1st ‘American Idol’

March 5, 2019

In 2002, as “American Idol” was getting ready to crown its first winner, Aretha Franklin shared her thoughts with Inside Edition. Franklin praised finalist Kelly Clarkson and predicted she’d have a successful career. But she also had kind words for fellow finalist Justin Guarini, saying she’d love for him to open for her. Now, 17 years later, Inside Edition producer Kevin Harry looks back on the interview with Franklin and reveals what she was like to work with that day.

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