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Published:April 2nd, 2015 09:36 EST

Kelly Clarkson's Triumphant Return to 'American Idol'

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Kelly Clarkson has seen unquestionable success since "American Idol" back in 2002.

But on Wednesday night`s show, she brought fans back to the beginning by belting out the song she auditioned with more than a decade ago -- Etta James`s "At Last."


For her throwback performance, Clarkson got a standing ovation from the audience and even brought a few crew members backstage to tears during that amazing performance."


"American Idol" revisited its glorious legacy with a Kelly Clarkson theme week, marking the first time the music of the original and greatest idol has been the basis of an episode.

Idol used to have so much gravitas and so much influence in the music industry that a top ten finalist was almost guaranteed success in the pop charts. How the mighty have fallen, can anyone even remember last year`s winner?

When Kelly Clarkson auditioned for Idol back in 2002, she tackled "At Last" by Etta James and her nascent star power was manifest and shew blew the judges away.

Last night Clarkson performed "At Last ", and in spite of trouble with her earpiece, she brought the house down, earning a standing ovation.

I never watch my former favorite show any more; I made a one-time exception for Kelly Clarkson. Like good wine Clarkson has aged very well, she`s an Idol, a superstar and a legend.  

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