American Idol 2016 Finale: Kelly Clarkson Rules the Stage! [VIDEO]

Kelly Clarkson is the original American Idol winner and at the finale on Thursday night, she showed exactly why we’ll always think of her as the best one as well! Sadly, Kelly couldn’t actually be part of the live show because she’s extremely pregnant, but she was able to pre-tape an emotional medley of songs to pay tribute to the show that launched her career.

Kelly Clarkson performs "Piece by Piece" on American Idol 2016
Kelly Clarkson performs “Piece by Piece” on American Idol 2016

We couldn’t love Kelly Clarkson more, but this performance for the American Idol finale made us wish we could! Her medley included such hit songs as “Miss Independent,” “Since U Been Gone,” “My Life Would Suck Without You,” and “Breakaway.” To top it all off, Kelly took as back to that first season finale where she choked back happy tears during her coronation song with an a capella version of “A Moment Like This.”

Who is your favorite American Idol winner of all time? Are you loyal to the original Kelly Clarkson, or do you think one of the other winners the best of the show?