Have you ever wondered what Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban look like when they’re sobbing? Well, you’re about to find out (though it should not be much surprise that they look beautiful and as if they’re glowing deities, even when their eyes are watering). What caused the American Idol judges to lose it? A performance by Kelly Clarkson, who returned to the Idol stage to perform in this final season of the reality singing competition, which, of course, she won in its first iteration.
Clarkson, who is eight months pregnant with her second child, sang “Piece by Piece,” off her latest album, a very personal track that she wasn’t able to finish without some tears of her own. She told host Ryan Seacrest afterward, “I’m pregnant and it’s nostalgic and I can’t believe it’s the last season. . . . Yeah, really sorry I just bawled.” Clearly, the song resonated with viewers at home, too, as it has quickly risen to the No. 2 spot on the iTunes charts.