Kelly Clarkson just admitted who she thinks could have stolen the crown from her on American Idol.
The "Miss Independent" singer revealed that Season 2 winner, Ruben Studdard, would have beaten her in the singing competition if he had been a contestant on Season 1.
Kelly and Ruben in 2004. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"I feel like there are nights when I can be effortless and those are amazing," Kelly, 34, explained on an upcoming episode of Harry Connick Jr.'s talk show. "But [Ruben] is effortless every time."
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Since winning the show in 2002, the mom-of-two has remained one of the most successful singers to come out of the series. Do you think Ruben could have won over Kelly?
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The 34-year-old has sold more than 45 million albums and won three Grammys since her time on American Idol. She married manager Brandon Blackstock in 2013, and the duo has two children together.