Justin Guarini's smooth and soulful vocal styling gave him the edge to make it all the way to the finals during the first season of "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ) and helped him carve out a successful...
Columbus, Georgia, USA
|American Idol||2013 2001 - 2013||Actor||Finalist||20137|
|From Justin to Kelly||2003||Actor||Justin||20037|
|Run of the House||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Paul Ivanson||20037|
|Fast Girl||2013||Actor||Darryl Sands||20137|
|An American Idol Christmas||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Performer||20037|
|American Juniors||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||Guest Judge||20027|
|Wizards of Waverly Place||2010 2006 - 2010||Actor||Keith Keith||20107|
|Summer Music Mania 2003||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||n/a||20027|
|American Idol: Where Are They Now?||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||n/a||20027|
|Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||Presenter||20027|
|The 2003 Teen Choice Awards||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||n/a||20027|
|The 2003 Miss Teen USA Pageant||2002 2001 - 2002||Performer||("Sorry")||1|
|Made acting debut in the feature "From Justin to Kelly"|
|Was the second finalist in "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar"|
|Was part of the Atlanta Boys Choir|
During the competition, the curly-haired crooner easily impressed judges and audiences with his smooth and soulful renditions of Stevie Wonder's Motown classic "For Once in My Life" (1968), Nat King Cole's R&B hit "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" (1946), and Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" (1971). Yet, in spite of earning positive comments throughout the entire season, Guarini finished in second place, losing the title to Kelly Clarkson. In June 2003, he released his self-titled debut album, which earned mostly lukewarm reviews from critics and suffered from low sales. Coinciding with the release of his album was the critically panned film "From Justin to Kelly" (2003), where he starred opposite Clarkson in an ode to 1960s "Beach Blanket Bingo"-type films. Guarini's sophomore effort, Stranger Things Have Happened (2005), fared slightly better than his first album and featured his interpretations of jazz standards. While his recording career floundered, Guarini achieved more success as a stage performer, making his Broadway debut in the 2010 musical "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," based on the 1988 film of the same title by Pedro Almodóvar. In 2011, he nabbed a lead role in the Broadway production of "American Idiot," based on the 2004 concept album of the same name by the punk rock group, Green Day. Guarini played Will, the slacker best friend of a disaffected youth (Davey Havok) who leaves suburbia to make his fortune in the city.
|The School for Film & Television|
|Central Bucks East High School|
A look back at a season of "American Idol." The summer's biggest sensation, American Idol, is over until next year, and Kelly Clarkson's dream of pop stardom has come true. Watch as we follow the show's progress from the first auditions to the final sing-off--and take you backstage for comments from the two finalists, Clarkson and Justin Guarini. Reported by Rachael Fedder Edited by Shane Miller Produced by Guylaine Cadorette
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