Kelly Clarkson was the big winner of Fox's series "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar." She gets a recording deal with RCA, which will release a compilation of songs by the 10 finalists Oct. 1

Kelly Clarkson bested Justin Guarini to be the big winner of Fox's series "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar." She gets a recording deal with RCA, which will release a compilation of songs by the 10 finalists Oct. 1 and an album by Clarkson Nov. 26. Additionally, a Clarkson single will hit retail on Sept. 17.

Meanwhile, New York-based Metropolitan Entertainment will be the promoter for the "American Idols Top Ten Live" tour , a 28-city arena trek that begins Oct. 5 at Cox Arena in San Diego and wraps Nov. 20 at Key Arena in Seattle. The tour will feature the 10 finalists from the series.

As previously reported, the 30 "American Idol" semifinalists are set to reunite in a Sept. 23 two-hour special, which currently carries the working title "American Idol in Las Vegas." The program, featuring performances from the contestants, will be taped before a live studio audience at the city's MGM Grand casino/hotel.

The second season of "American Idol" will begin sometime during the first quarter of 2003. Judge Simon Cowell, who spent the past decade working as an executive at BMG Records, will return in a deal worth at least $1 million. He shot to fame as the brutally frank judge for the unscripted series. There is no word yet on fellow judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, but both are expected to return.