Talk about a throwback. The OG American Idol judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson reunited with season 1 winner, Kelly Clarkson on her talk show, Sept. 18, where Simon said hed love to do another show with Paula and Randy!
Day ones! The original American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson reunited for the first time in years on September 18. And, that wasnt the only reunion. The OG singing competition judges also reunited with American Idols season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson. Simon, 59, Paula, 57, and Randy, 63, were all guests on the singers new week-day talk show on Wednesday, which marked the first time all three original American Idol judges have reunited together with Kelly since she won the first season of the show in 2002.
“Its been 17 years, yall. I wouldve never thought that show wouldve had the impact that it [did],” Kelly, 37, said. “I mean, look at what it did. The domino effect, like, was crazy!”, she gushed.
Simon, Paula and Randy all went on to thank the Grammy-winning singer for helping to catapult the singing competition show to immense popularity. “I actually genuinely do not believe we would be sitting here today if you hadnt entered the show that year,” Simon said.
“The whole premise of the show was we had to find a star who was gonna sell records. We found some great people that whole year but when you delivered that moment on that first live show, when you sang that winning song at the end,” he explained. “It was a game-changer,” Paula added.
Randy then recalled a special moment between the judges during Kellys season 1 finale. “We looked at each other at the end, at the finale, and said, Wow! This thing is really going to work. I think that was the moment that we knew,” he said.
The talk show host went on to point out that she, runner-up Justin Guarini and third-place finisher Nikki McKibbin had no idea that American Idol had “blown up” at the time, “because we were all in that bubble.” Kelly also admitted that she “knew nothing” about Simon when she auditioned for the show.
“I didnt know it was a TV show until the audition [where] I was in front of yall,” Kelly recalled. “I was like, Paula Abduls here. Some Simon dude, like, hes some English dude. I also did recognize Randy because I knew he had played with Mariah [Carey]. I was like, Aw, snap!”
Randy, who admitted that he didnt know Kelly at the time, said he did know that she had star power the moment she tried out for Idol. “On that day, when [you] auditioned, I knew you were gonna win,” he said.
Simon, Paula and Randy left American Idol after seasons 10, 9 and 13, respectively. When the show moved its airing platform from Fox to ABC in 2018, judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan took over.
Despite exiting the show, Simon, Paula and Randy continue to be fixtures in the music bus