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''World Idol'' to air on Christmas Day. Kelly Clarkson will compete against champs from other countries in the two-part show

Kelly Clarkson | GLOBAL CROSSING Clarkson will represent the U.S. on ''World Idol''
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GLOBAL CROSSING Clarkson will represent the U.S. on ''World Idol''

Sure, Kelly Clarkson kicked Justin Guarini's butt, but can she do with the same to Poland's Alicja Janosz and Belgium's Peter Evrard? We'll find out on Christmas Day, when Fox airs the first episode of ''World Idol,'' which takes the ''American Idol'' concept worldwide. Clarkson will compete against ''Idol'' winners from 10 other countries -- including Britain's Will Young -- with the results of a worldwide vote to be aired on January 1.

The show, to be based in London, will include one judge from each country, which presumably means either Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, or Randy Jackson will pop up. ''When I dreamt up the idea of 'Pop Idol,' I always saw it as a global concept,'' show creator Simon Fuller said in a statement.

Since the contestants are all first-season winners, it will be Clarkson -- and not second-season champ Ruben Studdard -- who represents the States. Fox hasn't announced how the voting process will work, or whether they'll compensate for the population disparity between the U.S. and, say, Belgium. But even if they don't, we'll say Kelly won fair and square.

Originally posted Nov 14, 2003