Fifteen years ago, Kelly Clarkson became the first-ever winner of “American Idol” during a star-studded finale that took place at the Dolby Theatre (then called the Kodak Theatre). This week she returned to the stage for the “America’s Got Talent” 2017 finale and showed why she is, and will always be, the most talented reality TV winner of all time. Watch her solo performance of “Love So Soft” above. Watch her duet with “AGT” finalists Kechi and Angelica Hale right here. Also be sure to read our recap of the “AGT” finale, in which Darci Lynne Farmer prevailed.
Also in the house during Wednesday’s finale was Simon Cowell, the “Americas Got Talent” judge/producer who was one of the original three “American Idol” judges (along with Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul) to help mentor Clarkson to a victory. In the 15 years since her 2002 victory, Clarkson has prevailed at the Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and more, but something tells us her original trophy for winning “American Idol” might be her most important to date.
A year ago when “American Idol” held its series finale at the Dolby Theatre, all of the former winners were on hand, but Clarkson couldn’t make it because she was pregnant. That’s why it was nice to see her pop up during Wednesday’s “AGT” finale to reunite with Cowell, who was always a champion of hers during the original run of “Idol.” See the complete list of “American Idol” winners down below.
Clarkson’s biggest hits to date include “Because of You,” “Stronger,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Piece by Piece,” “Breakaway,” and of course, her “American Idol” anthem song “A Moment Like This.” Will “Love So Soft” be Kelly Clarkson’s next success story?