Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson made her emotional return to the American Idol stage on Thursday as she gave a searingly powerful performance of “Piece by Piece,” the title song of her current album.
The pregnant singer brought the crowd and judges to tears with the heartwrenching lyrics of the song about her father’s abandonment, her subsequent trust issues with men and about meeting a man who didn’t leave like her father did.
Clarkson is one of the most successful American Idol contestants of all-time. She’s won three Grammy Awards, had three No. 1 albums and has released hit after hit.
Watch the emotional performance below: