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From Justin to Kelly: The Rise of Two American Idols (2003)

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Kelly Clarkson, From Justin to Kelly | BIKINI BEACH Justin and Kelly land on the big screen Frankie and Annette-style
BIKINI BEACH Justin and Kelly land on the big screen Frankie and Annette-style

Details Release Date: Jun 20, 2003; Rated: PG; Length: 95 Minutes; Genres: Musical, Romance; With: Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Here's how ''American Idol'' champ Kelly Clarkson describes her first movie: ''It's 'Grease' on the beach.'' And here's how runner-up Justin Guarini puts it: ''It's 'Grease' on the beach.'' Let's hope their duets are this harmonious. Though the subtitle plays up the stars' reality-TV roots, ''J2K'' is no documentary. ''[And] it isn't like 'Crossroads' or 'Glitter,''' Clarkson says. ''It's not about us trying to make it as recording artists. It just happens to be a musical.'' A musical about two college students who meet during spring break and experience technical difficulties text-messaging each other. The plot had better not get any more complicated -- though its release date is only two months away, the film is still shooting. ''Yeah, post[production] is gonna be so quick,'' says Guarini. With the pair dancing and singing to new material penned by songwriters for Celine Dion and Enrique Iglesias, ''J2K'' won't stray too far from its stars' talents. Even the 15-hour days haven't fazed them. '''American Idol' seriously just set Justin and me up for life,'' says Clarkson, ''because we think everything is just a piece of cake compared to that dang show.'' (April 25)

Originally posted Feb 05, 2003 Published in issue #695 Feb 14, 2003 Order article reprints