Kelly Clarkson Slays American Idol Appearance

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Can we just crown Kelly Clarkson again? The show tirelessly attempted to find the perfect winner to bookend American Idol. I like a couple of the contestants on Season 15 but let’s face it, no one can live up to the original.

The 33-year-old singer did double duty on the FOX show Thursday night. She sat alongside the judges on the panel and also performed a sensational performance of “Piece By Piece.” Just like “A Moment Like This” on the Season 1 finale, Clarkson got emotional and cracked while singing. Pregnancy hormones I suppose.

Watch Kelly slay it below. Speaking of slayage, Clarkson was stellar with all her critiques after each contestant’s performance. It sucks that producers never went with an all-alum judging panel. Had Clarkson been joined by Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert, I believe Idol could’ve lasted a couple more years.

Kelly Clarkson ‘Piece By Piece’ American Idol Performance