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‘American Idol’: Kelly Clarkson Bawls While Performing Emotional ‘Piece By Piece’

Thu, February 25, 2016 10:04pm EST by 16 Comments

Yasss, she’s back! Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson — the one who started it all — returned to the ‘American Idol’ stage to wow the audience as a performer and guest judge on the Feb. 25 episode, and even several months pregnant, she’s TOTALLY still got it!

Kelly Clarkson definitely hasn’t forgotten where she came from! 15 years after she was declared the first-ever winner of American Idol, the now-superstar singer returned to the Idol stage to guest judge and close the show with an epic performance. She sang her song “Piece By Piece,” and we absolutely loved it!

Even though Kelly admitted earlier in the show that she was beyond nervous to sing the emotional and personal song, she sounded better than ever on that stage. The song, about meeting a man who didn’t leave like her father did, was incredibly heart-wrenching, and Kelly expertly captured every emotion. She had us (and the judges) in tears as she began hysterically crying toward the end, too. Stream Kelly’s music completely unlimited and ad-free RIGHT HERE.

Singing competitions have taken over television, but there’s no doubt that American Idol is the one that started it all. From the very beginning, Kelly was a force to be reckoned with, and she never landed in the Bottom 2 once throughout the entire competition. In the end, it came down to Kelly and Justin Guarini, and the powerhouse singer from Texas came out on top. Who could forget her first post-Idol single, “A Moment Like This”?!

Along with Carrie Underwood, Kelly is one of the most successful Idol contestants of all-time. She’s won three Grammy Awards, had three No. 1 albums (and the other four didn’t do too shabby on the charts, either) and has released hit after hit, blowing up airwaves each and every time. Things are going great in her personal life these days, too — she married Brandon Blackstock in Oct. 2013, and the couple welcomed their daughter, River, in June 2014. And by the looks of her belly during tonight’s live performance, it looks like their son could be coming any day now!

HollywoodLifers, did you love Kelly’s performance? Tell us what you thought!