She's done it again — and no, I'm not talking about Britney Spears. Kelly Clarkson returned to the American Idol stage to perform her latest single "Piece By Piece" and there was not a dry eye in the house. Tonight, Clarkson reminded us all exactly why she's the original — and arguably the greatest — American Idol. Her performance was raw, emotional, and absolutely amazing. Both Clarkson's song and performance proved, once again, what it means to be an American Idol.
Clarkson's performance of "Piece By Piece" was truly unlike anything I've ever seen before. It was obviously vocally perfect, but it was also extremely raw, personal, and emotional. There's really no words to describe it, so I'm not even going to try. Keith Urban's reaction really said it all — she truly affects people. Whether it's with joy, excitement, confidence, sadness, or pure, raw emotion, Clarkson has an incredible talent to make people feel what she's singing. That's why she has maintained her fame 14 years after she was crowned the first American Idol. She has sung her way into so many people's hearts and that's why she has become so iconic in this industry.
American Idol would never have been what it is today if it weren't for Clarkson. She set the precedent for what it means to be an Idol. Not only with her talent, though that is a major component, but also with her grace, humility, and humble personality. She is a class act with an incredible talent, and tonight's appearance on Idol reminded us all of that. There will never be another American Idol quite like Clarkson, and that's perfectly okay. As long as every contestant is inspired by and aspires to the greatness that is Kelly Clarkson, this season is guaranteed to be one of the best yet.
Relive her performance here: