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Justin Guarini Explains Why He's Glad He Didn't Win 'American Idol'

Justin Guarini Explains Why He's Glad He Didn't Win 'American Idol'

Justin Guarini came in second place to winner Kelly Clarkson on the first season of American Idol and now he’s explaining why he’s glad he didn’t win.

The 38-year-old entertainer has gone on to have a successful career on Broadway and he’s currently starring in the new musical In Transit.

“I think my life would have gone differently had I won,” Justin told People. “I was not ready, and I was just naive. I believed I was going to work hard and people would take care of me — and that’s not how the business works. You have to create your own brand and be the loudest trumpet for yourself. There’s a way you can do it with grace and class, but I don’t know if I would have learned those things had Idol gone differently.”

Click inside to read what else Justin Guarini said on the subject…

“It was a really great lesson I learned on Idol,” he added. “Once the lights went down on that show, you realize you’re kind of on your own. Even the success that Kelly had, she really had to work hard for that — that wasn’t handed to her. She has come out of that with flying colors and only a few of the winners really truly have. That is due in large part to the work they put in.”

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