-Justin Guarini hosted a reunion with the top 10 finalist of "American Idol" Season 1.
-Jim Verraros, who was best know as the contestant who signed a song as both of his parents are deaf, spoke of having "The Advocate" call him about a story of his coming out. He had not yet told his father and asked his mother's permission before going forward. He says there was not much representation in 2002, but we are making strides now. He is engaged to a Health worker.
-R.J. Helton He got a gospel record deal after Idol, but fell in love and decided he didn't want to hide who he was and the deal was dropped.He saw it as a blessing to help Lgbt youth and is now a teacher.
-Nikki Mckibbin says the Idol mansion lacked food that first year and they were eating cereal out of red Solo cups at one point. Justin says there was a chef, but some of the people had already been sent home by then.
-Christina Christian says she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and her swift exit led to rumors of being pregnant by simon.
-Nicki speaks of a letter she received from Stevie Nicks that she has framed.
-When asked who was strongest emotional A.J. Gill says Kelly. Justin said they had to have steroids due to the vocal wear and tear and Kelly said it was like having broken glass in her throat by the end of the show.
-When asked what she would have done differently Christina Christian saidshe wished she had stuck with the alternative rock sound that she originally auditioned for. She says Simon told her he didn't know she was such a bitch at an event , when she started being more outspoken then the shy girl she was during the show.(1:12 mark)
-They talk about how they got a very small allowance for clothes as the new kids have stylist and vocal coaches.
Promo pics from the 2002 season
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