Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece By Piece” American Idol Performance Version On iTunes

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Kelly Clarkson thinks it’s “awesome, but sad” her performance of “Piece By Piece” on American Idol went viral.

Clarkson called into Ryan Seacrest Monday morning to chat about her emotional performance, which launched the song to No. 1 on iTunes’ Top Songs chart. The American Idol performance version is now available on iTunes.

“No one was more shocked that people liked it, because I was crying so bad… it’s awesome, but it’s kind of sad that people relate to this song,” Clarkson said. “I was afraid to watch it, because I was like ‘Oh, jeez, I don’t know if I got anything out, if I was on key.’”




Clarkson explains the song is about her father walking out on her when she was six-years-old, but falling in love with husband Brandon Blackstock restored her faith in men.

“I don’t think I understood the gravity of it until being pregnant with River, my first little one,” she continued. “I was like, ‘I cannot imagine not seeing this kid to his or her full potential and just seeing what she’s going to do, what she’s going to be like. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of her life?’”

The song’s emotionally charged theme ends with an uplifting message.

“I used to be such a Downer Debbie, when people were like ‘Oh, you just have to find the right one,’ and I’d be like ‘Shut up, this doesn’t exist, this fairy tale — good luck. It was kind of nice on this whole live tour to get to talk about it before singing ‘Piece by Piece,’ because there’s a lot of other girls and guys like me that have stories that are like me… ‘Although you weren’t shown this, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.’”

Re-visit Clarkson’s epic performance below:



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