Kelly Clarkson Breaks Down Singing About the Dad Who Ran Away & Brings Keith Urban & JLo to Tears

To commemorate the last season of American Idol, the show invited Kelly Clarkson to kick off the first live show of the season. But the judges had no idea what Clarkson had in store for them when she belted out this heart-wrenching performance of “Piece by Piece.”

Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez couldn’t hold back their tears as Clarkson passionately sang about the father who abandoned her, about the man she married whose love for her and her child has put her back together “piece by piece” and about her own love for her child.

The crowd responded to Clarkson’s emotion with applause and tears of their own—as did I. I’ve never seen such a powerful performance! Thanks Kelly, for reminding us that the hard things in live can be redeemed.

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Jenny Rapson
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