Kelly Clarkson to return to 'American Idol' with Jason Aldean
Kelly Clarkson, the first winner of "American Idol" and its most successful alum, is set to perform on the FOX singing contest series next week.
The pop star, who will turn 29 later this month, will perform "Don't You Wanna Stay" with country singer Jason Aldean on the show on Thursday, April 14, which will also feature a performance from pop and R & B singer Rihanna, FOX said in a statement.
The 2010 song by Clarkson and Aldean is currently high on the country music charts and is the most-played track from an "American Idol" alum. The two also performed together at the 2010 CMA Awards in November.
Clarkson has performed on "American Idol" numerous times since she won the show in 2002. After her win, she released four studio albums and toured all over the world. She recently sang a medley of her hits, including "Miss Independent" and "Since U Been Gone," at Universal Studios' CityWalk in Los Angeles for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." (See video below)
Rihanna performed on "American Idol" last year. This will be Aldean's first appearance on the show.
On Thursday, April 7, rocker Iggy Pop and "American Idol" alum Constantine Maroulis performed on "American Idol" and No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani made a guest appearance.
But the rock stars were overshadowed by the biggest shocker of the current 10th season - the elimination of former frontrunner Pia Toscano. According to online polls, including those on OnTheRedCarpet.com, she was voted most likely to win the FOX singing contest series. The show is now down to eight finalists, who will await their fate next week. They are: Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Casey Abrams, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald and Haley Reinhart.
Check out a video of Kelly Clarkson performing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" below.