‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini told Access Hollywood last night that his mom was doing fine after emergency surgery. Kathy Guarini went under the knife last Friday to remove a “large mass” in her stomach area and a kidney. The surgery forced Kathy to miss the finale last night, but Guarini commented, “She needed to go through what she needed to go through. It was one of those things where I was focused, I stayed determined, and I have a lot of faith.”
Kelly Grades Higher Than Justin On ‘American Idol’
September 4, 2002 – Jessica Shaw of Entertainment Weekly graded the performances by ‘American Idol’ finalists Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini last night, giving the nod in most categories to Kelly. The full story explaining who she gave the nod to in song choice, vocals, stage presence, look, audience response, judges favorite and overall at EW.com has since been removed.
Former Police Chief Dad No Longer The Family Celeb
September 4, 2002 – Former Atlanta Police Chief Eldrin Bell used to be the famous face in the family, but he tells Rodney Ho of Cox News Service that now his son Justin Guarini the roles have reversed. “I’m no longer Eldrin Bell,” says Bell, 67. “I’m Justin’s dad. He tells me, ‘Dad, I used to be around you, and everyone called me Bell’s kid. Now it’s the other way around.’ I’m enjoying it.”
Teenyboppers Will Guide Justin To ‘American Idol’ Victory
September 1, 2002 – Michael Giltz of the New York Post is predicting the likely winner for this week’s ‘American Idol’ final between Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini will be Justin. “Millions of loyal teenybopper fans have ensured Guarini’s safe passage through each knockout round of the show by registering millions of telephone votes in his favor every week,” he said. “Clarkson’s fans have done the same, but the depth of their loyalty will be fully tested this week.”
The Pressure Is On Justin Says Simon
August 30, 2002 – Simon Cowell gave his thoughts on next week’s final in ‘American Idol’ to Extra TV. He summed up the final that pits Justin Guarini against Kelly Clarkson saying, “You’ve got Justin who has all the charm, the looks, and the girl’s rooting for him. Versus Kelly, who’s like the homegrown favorite, a hometown girl.” He added, “The pressure really is on Justin. He has got to sing out of his socks.” Video has since been removed.
Justin Guarini & Family Didn’t Anticipated The Enormity
August 27, 2002 – Access Hollywood spoke with Justin’s mother Katherine Guarini, who alerted her son to the ‘American Idol’ auditions that have launched his sudden fame. “We never, I guess, fully anticipated the enormity of him getting that audition, going out to Pasadena and being in ‘American Idol’. ‘American Idol’ has, essentially, launched our son’s career,” said Katherine. Justin is extremely grateful for the support he has received from his loved ones. “My friends and family — I’m so thankful for them. They’ve been nothing but supportive. It’s so nice and just has given me every reassurance that I have ever needed.”