Grab a tissue. Kelly Clarkson’s heart-wrenching performance of “Piece By Piece” is guaranteed to bring on the waterworks.
Clarkson recently returned to the stage where it all started: “American Idol”. Can you believe that it has been 15 years since she was crowned the first-ever “American Idol” winner? Not only did the pop star serve as guest judge to the Top 10 contestants, she also delivered a stripped down version of her latest single.
Evoking tears in the crowd, Clarkson clearly struggled to get through the song in certain places, especially towards the end of the last chorus. But that just makes her performance all the more empathetic and real. Judges Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez were not the only ones in tears, her performance left a lasting effect on everyone present.
Earlier in the show, the “American Idol” winner opened up about the song – which is about being abandoned by her father as a child. “I actually wrote it pregnant with my little girl and now I’m pregnant with my little boy. So if I don’t make it through and I start crying, just laugh. It’ll make me feel better,” she told host Ryan Seacrest.
True to her word, the singer got choked up that at some point, she couldn’t even continue and had to restart a few lines as she fought back tears.
Clarkson, who is 8 months pregnant with her second child, candidly blamed it on her hormonal pregnancy saying, “I’m pregnant, it’s nostalgic, I can’t believe it’s the last season. I’m really sorry, I just bawled. I’m actually quite proud that I made it that far“.
It’s unclear if the singer will be attending the grand finale in April, says Gossip Cop, however word on the street is that Clarkson has already pre-taped a medley this week that will be shown when the season concludes. So this may very well be Clarkson’s final appearance on the idol stage.
Watch Clarkson’s emotional “Piece By Piece” rendition below: