Did 'American Idol' Kelly Clarkson break the contest rules?
By Andrea Sellers, 12/13/2002
A report from The Star suggests that "American Idol" champion Kelly Clarkson may have violated the rules of the competition. The rules specify that contestants must be amateurs with no prior professional experience.
It has been reported that Clarkson has been under contract with three record producers prior to her "American Idol" appearance, including Carole King's ex-husband Gerry Goffin and Barry Goldberg.