Justin Guarini Helped Mom Kathy Through Cancer Scare

Globe magazine spoke with Kathy Guarini, the 53-year-old mother of ‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini, who revealed she’s “doing well” following her cancer scare. “Justin was very calm and stoic,” says Kathy about the surgery that occurred during the competition’s final week. “He would sit next to me and very quietly tell me what was happening on the show. He really helped me through the horrendous ordeal. The experience brought us closer together.” Justin’s currently recording his debut album and will begin working on a movie with Idol champ Kelly Clarkson in January.

Justin Guarini Offers Advice To ‘American Idol 2’ Hopefuls

November 19, 2002 – Extra TV caught up with Justin at a photo shoot for ‘Pop Star’ magazine. His first single is due out in December and soon he’ll be starring opposite ‘America’s Idol’ Kelly Clarkson in a romantic musical comedy. To all the hopefuls out there, he offers one bit of advice. He says, “Really just to be yourself and be confident.”

Kathy Guarini Recovering Fine From Surgery

November 3, 2002 – Us Weekly spoke with the rep for Justin to inquire how his mother Kathy is doing following her emergency abdominal surgery for an undisclosed condition which was done the day before the show’s finale. Kathy is doing “absolutely fine.”

Justin Guarini Denies Paula Abdul Romance

American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini spoke with Ed Condran of the Philadelphia Inquirer and shot down rumors he had been dating Idol judge Paula Abdul. “Oh, come on now. We never dated,” Guarini insisted. “We became friends from the show. She was so wonderfully supportive of me. It was really nice after how the show was done that I could sit and talk with her. She gave such wonderful advice. To people in my generation, there’s something about her. She is Paula Abdul! She has gone through the pop-star thing. She’s a warm, wonderful person.”

Justin Guarini’s First Single

October 22, 2002 – Contributed Anonymously: Apparently Justin has a brand new single coming out, which is also his first. The title of the track is called ‘Foolish’ and is due to impact on radio stations around November 5th.

‘Idol’ Chatter With Justin And Tamyra

October 19, 2002 – Walt Belcher of The Tampa Tribune caught up with ‘American Idol’ finalists Tamyra Gray and Justin Guarini to talk about life after the hit show and their current tour. Guarini says the finalists have become even closer because “the pressure to compete is gone and there no longer is a fear of losing one of us each week.” Meanwhile, Tamyra says the show’s winner Kelly Clarkson “had an amazing performance and deserved to win.” The full story at tbo.com has since been removed.

Paula Abdul Recording Comeback Album

September 5, 2002 – Paula admits to the New York Post that she’s been approached by record labels for a comeback album. “Yes,” she admits. “I am recording. I am writing again. I’m going to do a kick-butt dance record.” Meanwhile, fellow ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell, not interested in signing Abdul himself, also revealed that he decided not to sign Christina Christian. He did sign Tamyra Gray though. “Obviously, we’re not going to let that one get away,” he said.

Top Justin Guarini Search Queries

Searches for ‘American Idol’ star Justin Guarini exploded in the last few months. In July, the show’s runner-up was the audience favorite, but only got 11,881 searches for the month on pay-per search engine Overture.com. Last month though, he received 50,320 searches, about four times more than *NSYNC star JC Chasez, and ten times more than Backstreet Boys star AJ McLean. Some searches dealt with reports Guarini has had a nose job. The most common misspelled search was Justin Guarini with 1,236. The most searched song was the track he and ‘Idol’ co-finalist Kelly Clarkson performed, ‘A Moment Like This’, getting 64 queries.

Justin Guarini Has The Whole Package

October 11, 2002 – Designer Charlie Lapson, who has made dozens of outfits for Justin, tells The National Enquirer that the mop topped star is “naturally handsome with beautiful skin – and a great physique.” He added, “He’s just over 6 feet tall with a 38-inch chest and 30-inch waist. He’s got the whole package!”

Justin Guarini’s Sideshow Bob Act Was Almost Chopped

October 10, 2002 – Justin’s step-father Jerry tells Globe magazine that the ‘American Idol’ runner-up’s trademark Harpo hair was almost chopped. “I swore to his mother, Kathy, that I was going to sneak in with a razor while he was sleeping and cut it off,” Jerry admits. “But it turned out to be his hallmark.”

Justin Guarini Signed To RCA

October 9, 2002 – Reuters reports RCA Records has signed Justin to a record contract. “We look forward to working with Justin to nurture his talent and help him build a recording career at RCA,” said Bob Jamieson, Chairman, RCA Music Group.

Justin Guarini Says He’s Not A Puppet

October 5, 2002 – Kathy Cano-Murillo of The Arizona Republic chatted with Justin about the tour he and the other finalists will soon kick off. Justin says he will have some control over what he sings on the tour. “With the shows of this nature, you’ve heard stories of how they tell you what to sing, when to sing it and how to sing it. I was a little worried in the beginning of it all, thinking, ‘Jeez, what kind of music am I going to be singing, am I going to have any control at all?’ What is so wonderful now is I do have more control.”

Kelly And Justin In Talks To Do Romantic Comedy

October 5, 2002 – Kelly Clarkson tells Entertainment Weekly that she and fellow ‘American Idol’ Justin Guarini have met with screenwriter Kim Fullter to discuss starring in a romantic comedy. Kelly says it has “nothing to do with ‘American Idol’, but a source says that the two would play themselves.

YM Features Kelly And Justin On Separate Covers

October 2, 2002 – The latest issue of YM magazine features two separate collectible covers, one of ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson, the other features runner-up Justin Guarini. Fans can get behind the scenes footage of the photo shoot tonight on Entertainment Tonight.

Kelly Clarkson Dumps ‘Devastated’ Justin Guarini

Globe magazine reports ‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini is devastated after the show’s winner Kelly Clarkson ended their brief romance. A show insider revealed, “He made a big play for Kelly, but she doesn’t believe in sex before marriage. She doesn’t believe that Justin would be faithful to her. So many girls are hitting on him that she knows he’ll play the field – and she doesn’t want her heart to be broken.”

A source said Guarini was “devastated” by the news adding, “He fell for Kelly big-time. But he is a ladies’ man and not many girls keep him dangling on a string. Kelly recognized that they didn’t see eye to eye on things that are very important to her, so she let him down lightly.”

Justin Guarini Won’t Contest Traffic Ticket

September 22, 2002 – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Justin was due in a court Wednesday in Northampton County, Pa., to answer a citation for following too closely in a March 12 traffic accident. The ‘American Idol’ star decided the ticket wasn’t worth a trip from the left coast, his lawyer said. “Flying across the country is a little extreme for a traffic ticket,” said his attorney Douglas C. Roger Jr., who is also his uncle. “He is extremely tied up.” The offense carries a $25 fine and $75 in court costs.

Britney Spears Reportedly Dating Justin Guarini

September 22, 2002 – The Sun reports Britney is reportedly dating Justin following her split from *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake. Spears was at the premiere of ‘Four Feathers’ while Guarini prepped for the American Idol reunion special taping.

Love Affair Develops Between Justin & Kelly At ‘Idol’ House

The National Enquirer reports producers at ‘American Idol’ worked hard to keep the love affair between finalists Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini under wraps, worried the show’s ratings and Justin’s popularity would be affected by his huge following of teen girls. An insider revealed, “Justin and Kelly were spending so much time together, producers hired separate cars to pick them up and drop them off, and they gave them separate changing rooms.” The two were single before the show started, and after one performance “they were holding hands and hugging as if they were boyfriend and girlfriend. Then they slipped off quietly to a room together. The next day, the whole studio was abuzz with talk that Justin and Kelly had spent the night together — and many more nights after that.”

Kelly Clarkson And Reba McEntire Share Compliments

September 20, 2002 – Entertainment Tonight was on hand for the rehearsal for the American Idol in Las Vegas special which airs next Monday on Fox. Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire teamed on Reba’s hit ‘Does He Love You’ and Kelly was obviously excited about the opportunity to sing with her own idol. “I’m in love with her. I think she’s — I mean she has so many hits, and she’s just a great person in general, inside and out,” Kelly gushed. For her part, Reba sees big things in Kelly’s future. “She’s gonna be very, very, very big in this business,” said McEntire.

Justin Guarini And Jacko Spotted In Las Vegas

September 16, 2002 – The Las Vegas Review Journal reports Justin was spotted Saturday at the MGM Grand. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson took part in another magic tricks shopping spree at Houdini’s Magic Shop on Sunday at the Grand Canal Shops at The Venetian. They closed the shop while a full force of security guards stood by.

Justin Guarini Gets Big Broadway Contract

September 11, 2002 – Stu Bykofsky of the Philadelphia Daily News reports ‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini isn’t allowed to talk about it, but a source close to the Guarini family claims Justin has a Broadway contract in the six-figure range.

Justin Guarini Appealing $100 Traffic Fine

September 10, 2002 – The Morning Call reports Justin will soon make an appearance in Easton – if he shows up to appeal a guilty finding on a summary traffic violation. The new star was found guilty June 12 by District Justice Barbara Schlegel of Bethlehem of following too closely. Bethlehem police issued the citation March 12, when Guarini’s car bumped into a car in the 3000 block of Center Street, at Johnston Drive, Bethlehem. Guarini paid a $100 fine, then appealed Schlegel’s finding. His attorney Douglas C. Roger Jr. commented, ”Whether or not he’s here on the 18th remains to be seen. I can’t even reach him to get a comment. His life is much different now. We may have to ask for a continuance.”

Did Justin Guarini Get A Nose Job?

Many ‘American Idol’ fans are wondering if runner-up Justin Guarini has had a nose job ala Michael Jackson, and whether he did it to distance himself from his black heritage. Justin’s full name is Justin Eldrin Bell Guarini and his biological father is Eldrin Bell. Eldrin lives in Atlanta, while Justin grew up with his mother and stepfather in Pennsylvania. Justin’s brother Eldrin A. Bell Jr. retains his father’s last name and lives with his father in Atlanta. Check out before and after pictures at bestnosesurgeryjob.com.

Justin Guarini Talks ‘American Idol’

September 9, 2002 – Justin was on the CBS Early Show on Monday, where he talked about his experience on the big show. Asked about the finale moment and what he was thinking, Justin admitted, “Honestly, I was thinking, ‘Please let it be Kelly Clarkson’ and that surprises people.” He explained his ‘Survivor’ Colby type decision saying, “I was thinking, ‘Man, there’s going to be a national riot if she doesn’t win.’ I mean, it was close, but those are her songs, and she did them so well.” Read more.

Justin Guarini’s Dad Tells Church He’s Honored By Son

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports earlier today, Justin Guarini’s father and retired Atlanta Police Chief Eldrin Bell manned the pulpit at Shaw Temple AME Zion Church in Smyrna. Bell, a licensed Baptist minister, proudly told parents, “That boy of mine, I used to go through what you’re going through. Stand up straight, clean behind your ears, shake hands, speak to people, eat your food. And to have that young man get on national television and say, ‘My daddy’s my inspiration,’ that’s an honor every parent ought to have.”

Justin Guarini’s Nickname In High School Was ‘Justine’

September 7, 2002 – Us magazine reports that a girl who attended Justin’s high school in Doylestown says the ‘American Idol’ runner-up’s nickname was ‘Justine’, because “he just looked so pretty… He looked like a girl.” Justin didn’t fight the taunt, but laughed along with it.

RuPaul Has Secret Crush On Justin Guarini

September 7, 2002 – Contributed Anonymously: On his official site, RuPaul just wrote this in his weblog:

My friend Carlos is in town to cover the ‘American Idol’ finale for his radio station, Miami’s Power 96. So this afternoon, during the hour I watch ‘Judge Judy’, my cell phone rings and it’s Carlos saying that he’s standing next to Justin Guarini and would I like to speak to him. Well fu** me raw! Damn straight I’d like to speak to him! Justin gets on the phone and was as sweet as tic tac pie. We talked about all the hysteria surrounding the contest and stuff like that, but what I really wanted to talk about was where we could meet up later. I should’ve asked him, since he and Kelly were the last contestants left in that Hollywood Hills house this past week, if he ever got the chance to ‘hit it’, you know…part her ‘spam castanets’? I should have at least asked him one question about his hair, like … does the carpet match the curtains? But I didn’t, I was too starstruck.

Justin Guarini Says ‘Idol’ Drew Divorced Parents Closer

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini where he revealed mom Kathy Guarini was “recovering very quickly” and also had good things to say about his dad and former Atlanta Police Chief Eldrin Bell. “He’s been amazing,” he said. “He’s given so much energy and support from the audience.” Justin said despite their parent’s divorce, he felt the ‘American Idol’ experience drew the entire family closer.

Kelly And Justin On The Today Show

September 6, 2002 – ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini tell ‘Today’ host Katie Couric about their experiences on the hit TV show. Kelly wasn’t able to perform because her voice was shot, but she fielded questions from fans including whether the rumors she and Justin were more than friends were true. Kelly said “We’re just friends. Nothing like that… yet.” After she said that, she realized her flub, said she didn’t mean it that way, and blamed it on her being tired. Video has since been removed.

Kelly And Justin On CBS Early Show

September 5, 2002 – Entertainment Tonight’s Bob Goen was on the CBS Early Show on Thursday to talk about the big ‘American Idol’ finale that saw Kelly Clarkson beat out Justin Guarini. Kelly talked about how she was crying during her ‘A Moment Like This’ performance and how she loves singing live. Justin talked about how Kelly deserved to win, and what his own life is about to become. Watch the report here.

Justin And Kelly Talk To ET Tonight

September 5, 2002 – Entertainment Tonight chatted with Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini after the two found out last night that Kelly was voted ‘American Idol’. They asked Justin if he planned on cutting his trademark curls. “No way,” he replied. “I can’t foresee shaving it. It’s like — a part of me.” As for whether he’s really close pals with Kelly, Justin said, “We go shopping together. She’s been my rock. I think she’s an unbelievable singer.”

Justin Guarini On TRL Friday

‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini stopped by MTV’s Total Request Live on Friday to talk about his experience on the hit Fox show with Damien. Justin says he’s been signed by Simon Fuller’s management but was mum about whether he’d have his own album out. Read on for a transcript.
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Justin Guarini’s Mother OK After Surgery

‘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.”

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