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Patrick Gomez
September 14, 2015 04:45 PM

As American Idol enters its final season, one young hopeful is making sure no one forgets about the reality singing competition’s very first winner.

“I am obsessed with Ms. Kelly Clarkson,” contestant Justin Sullivan tells judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. in an exclusive sneak peek. “And I’ve been obsessed for a while that I even have her name on all my T-shirts . I am really dedicated.”

Sullivan, 22, goes as far to show the judges one of his T-shirts with “Mr. Clarkson” printed on it.

“You know what I’m gonna do for you?” Connick, 48, tells Sullivan, raising the singer’s hope that his Idol might be nearby.

“No, no. She’s not here,” Connick clarifies before getting Urban, 47, to help move a nearby poster of Clarkson closer to Sullivan before his audition.

RELATED VIDEO:Jennifer Lopez Sounds off on the End of American Idol

American Idol season 15 is set to premiere in early 2016.

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