Kelly Clarkson returned to American Idol and performed ‘Piece by Piece.’ The first-ever winner of the show, now in its farewell 15th season, delivered an emotional and tearful performance. See the video and get the details right here!
Introduced by host Ryan Seacrest as a performer who “knows nothing about eliminations” and noting she survived every elimination. And not to mention that in the years that have followed, she’s forged a path as one of the first bona fide music superstars to emerge from a reality TV show.
The 33-year-old Kelly Clarkson was the first American Idol way back in the year 2002 when the show began. And arguably she is among the most successful of the many winners over the years. She was a success right from the start, with her debut single, ‘A Moment Like This,’ not only reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but becoming the biggest selling single of that year.
While she’s returned many times to perform live on the show, this night, obviously was a special and bittersweet occasion. Not only is the superstar just weeks away from giving birth to her second child, but she chose to perform a highly emotional song, the title track of her latest album, ‘Piece by Piece,’ which was released almost a year ago to the date of her performance.
It was a performance that brought her to tears. She was not the only one to shed tears; Keith Urban, watching alongside fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. was also shedding tears.
INot surprisingly, she received a sustained standing ovation as she concluded. In chatting with Ryan Seacrest, Clarkson said of her performance afterwards, “I’m pregnant, it’s nostalgic, I can’t believe it’s the last season, I am really sorry I just bawled. I am actually quite proud I made it that far,
She went on to say, “It’s such a touching song for me as I wrote it while pregnant for my little girl and now I am pregnant with my little boy, which I hope comes out very soon.”
Kelly Clarkson also served as a guest judge on the show, which was the first live episode of the season. But it was that emotional performance that will stand as one of the shining moments, not just of this season, but of the program as a whole that, over the years, has changed many lives and become so endemic to our pop culture.
Watch the full replay of Kelly Clarkson’s emotional return to American Idol, as she performs ‘Piece by Piece!’
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