Kelly Clarkson Performs Chilling Emotional Song On Idol And Keith Urban Can't Help But Break Down
Nov 21, 2020 by apost team
American pop star Kelly Clarkson is known for her ability to bring a level of emotion and genuine passion to a song that not many singers can match. Her incredible musical talent is matched equally by her grace and elegance on stage.
She has a truly powerful presence whenever she takes the microphone. Her ability to use the power of her voice to bring a crowd to their feet is simply an amazing thing to watch. This stunning talent was on display back in 2016 on American Idol's 15th season. Clarkson returned to the show during its "Farewell Season" to perform Piece by Piece — and it was so moving that Keith Urban began to tear up.
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Clarkson made her debut on American Idol’s first season in 2002. She was a humble 20-year-old cocktail waitress from Texas who had a dream to sing, according to History.com. And thanks to Clarkson's talent, she won, making her the first American Idol winner ever. The win accelerated the young singer's career, providing her with a recording contract. Since then, Clarkson has sold millions of albums, has earned dozens of awards, and has founded her own television show.
But back in 2016, the then well-established pop star returned to her roots. She returned to the American Idol stage for what she and fans thought would be the last time given that Fox had announced that season 15 would be the final season. While ABC eventually announced that it would revive the show in 2017, neither Clarkson, nor the audience, nor the judges knew that at the time, and that's what makes this performance especially emotional. American Idol began with Kelly Clarkson, and it would end with Kelly Clarkson. From the moment she stepped onto the stage, pregnancy and all, she immediately captured the entire audience. It was as if a feeling of electricity spread over the crowd as they waited with cheerful hopes to hear her incredible voice.
Keith Urban, judging the singing competition, couldn’t hold back his tears as Kelly performed her emotional song. The emotions he was feeling were clear from his expression and absolute enthrallment with her song. Her song, Piece by Piece, was written by Kelly and based on her own personal experience, Keith told Entertainment Tonight. She co-wrote the song with Greg Kurstin. It was all too clear that the song wasn’t just simply based on her experiences, it was extremely personal and filled with raw emotion for Kelly.
"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," Clarkson told American Idol host Ryan Seacrest during the show, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Just minutes into her performance, Kelly did something that took both the judges and the audience by surprise. She became overwhelmed with emotion and fought back tears while singing the incredibly powerful lyrics.
For a brief moment, she struggled to continue on with the song, showing incredible genuine emotion that is so rarely seen during on-stage performances from music superstars like Kelly Clarkson.
"I was starting to wonder if maybe I was [pregnant] too," Urban said jokingly in an interview with Entertainment Tonight back in 2016 regarding his emotional response to hearing Clarkson sing.
"The humanity in that moment was just [incredible]," Urban continued in the interview. "You never see that, let alone on TV, so I was so grateful to be there to witness it."
Aside from her incredible talent, Kelly is also known for the incredible and near-immediate bond she forms with audiences who hear her sing live. The power and passion she puts into every performance resonate very deeply with her fans.
When she had to pause because she became overwhelmed during her performance, the audience was right there to get up on their feet and cheer for her.
The audience began to chant, “Kelly! Kelly! Kelly!” in a united effort to encourage her to keep singing. She finished the song with roaring applause from the audience and a moving thank you from Keith Urban and the other judges.
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