There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Kelly Clarkson returned to the ‘American Idol’ stage on Feb. 25 to perform her new song ‘Piece By Piece.’ In addition to bringing Keith Urban to tears, Kelly also left fans moved beyond belief as many took to Twitter to share their emotional reactions. See their tweets here!
Fifteen years after being named the first-ever winner of American Idol, Kelly Clarkson returned to the show’s stage on Feb. 25 and it was every bit as emotional as we would have expected. Appearing as both a guest judge and a featured performer that night, the now-superstar singer took to the stage to perform her deeply personal new song “Piece By Piece,” which left everyone in tears — including Keith Urban! Between Kelly’s emotional lyrics and the country singer’s heartfelt reaction, fans couldn’t resist taking to Twitter to share how deeply moved they were following the show. See their sweet reactions here!
Kelly got understandably choked up while singing her incredibly personal song about coming to terms with her father abandoning her during her performance on Feb. 25. So choked up, in fact, that at some points she couldn’t even continue singing! And she wasn’t the only one crying either. As the cameras panned to the judges table, it became apparent that Kelly’s performance had had a powerful effect on the judges as Jennifer Lopez appeared solemn, while Keith was full-on crying! Toward the end is when he really lost it, during the emotional lyric “I would never leave her like you left me. She will never have to wonder her worth. Because unlike you I’m gonna put her first,” talking about her own daughter.
Kelly Clarkson’s ‘American Idol’ Performance — Fans React On Twitter
Like Kelly and the judges, fans tuning in couldn’t resist shedding a tear or two while watching the emotional performance, and many even took to Twitter to share how deeply moved they were by Kelly’s heartfelt song. See the full video and her fans’ touching tweets below:
im a puddle of tears watching this @kelly_clarkson performance on idol. i couldn't love her more wow
— Scott Hoying (@scotthoying) February 26, 2016
— Leo Peterson (@leogpete) February 26, 2016
This was EVERYTHING!
Kelly Clarkson Performs "Piece by Piece" – AMERICAN IDOL https://t.co/aYjR1TyLM9
— Janet Brinkley (@its_just_Janet) February 26, 2016
— Marta Minguella (@MartaMinguella) February 26, 2016
— Rhonda (@Rhonda5V) February 26, 2016
Literally just cried like a baby watching Kelly Clarkson's performance from last night on American Idol.
— Des✨ (@Desshownolove) February 26, 2016
— rosendo quezada (@rosendoq) February 26, 2016
Oh nothing, just watching Kelly Clarkson's Idol performance and sobbing at my desk
— Erin Rohne (@els8383) February 26, 2016
But what I really liked about today is hearing @kelly_clarkson's most emotional perf on idol stage. reminds me of my dad. :')
— Van Cabalza (@VanCabalza) February 26, 2016
Tears aside, the performance was also emotional because it was marked a full-cirle experience for Kelly. As you might recall, she was the first and most successful winner of American Idol, and returned to the stage to mark an end of an era of sorts for both herself and the show.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Kelly’s American Idol performance? Did she make you cry too? Sound off below!