VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Returns To American Idol

Apr. 15 2011, Published 8:30 a.m. ET

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She's baaacck!

American Idol's first-ever winner Kelly Clarkson returned to the show that made her a household name Thursday, performing her smash hit, Don't You Wanna Stay, in a duet with Jason Aldean.

Kelly’s 2002 win -- powered by her ballad, A Moment Like This -- launched her career, in which she's recorded four studio albums, selling 20 million overall.

Last year, Billboard magazine named the Since U Been Gone singer the show's all-time most successful competitor, over Idol alums like Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood.

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Clarkson said on Thursday that her fifth studio album will be ready to go this autumn.

Not to be upstaged, Rihanna also performed on Thursday’s show, as the Barbadian beauty sang California King Bed.

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American Idol returns Wednesday on Fox at 8/7c.


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