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Kelly Clarkson Returns to 'American Idol'

By JACKIE WILLIS

April 12, 2013

Since becoming the first American Idol in 2001, Kelly Clarkson has won three Grammy awards, earned 80 No. 1's on the Billboard charts and sold 20 million albums. Eleven years later, the pop diva returned to the Idol stage where it all began for yet another show-stopping performance.

Singing her new hit People Like Us on Thursday night, Clarkson's performance was very different than her 2001 A Moment Like This tearjerker. This time, she brought out the big black lights to go along with her big voice!

Following her performance, and getting a hug from Mariah Carey, Clarkson, 30, tweeted at the judge: "Seriously girl, you have no idea how cool tonight was for me!"

Seeing as it's Flashback Friday, check out Clarkson's winning performance back in 2001 and let us know: Which was your fave: past or present?

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