Kelly Clarkson
To Perform Thursday

Kelly Clarkson is heading back "home" this week -- she's set to sing on American Idol on Thursday night! What is she planning to sing?

Kelly Clarkson performing on American Idol this week

Kelly Clarkson is coming back to sing where it all started -- American Idol. Clarkson, 28, will sing her current duet with country singer Jason Aldean, Don't You Wanna Stay, on Thursday night's results show.

The appearance on AI marks another return of Clarkson to the stage -- she sang a medley of her hits on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week. The performances are intended to set the stage for Clarkson's new record, due in September. The album, which Clarkson just finished, is "influenced by Prince, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead and there's a little bit of a country vibe-influence on a couple of songs," she said.

We're so excited to see Clarkson back on the Idol stage. So much has changed -- both for Idol and Clarkson -- since she won the first season. Clarkson even tried to distance herself from the show by refusing to license her music for the show back in 2006.

"It's the public who bothered to pick up the phone to vote for her," said former AI judge Simon Cowell. "If she refuses to give songs to be used on the show, it's like saying to every person who voted for you, 'You know what? Thank you. I'm not interested in you anymore.'"

She eventually caved and now grants contestants the use of her songs on a case-by-case basis. Now, it looks like all is well and good between Clarkson and Idol -- and we can't wait to see her on stage again.

Will you be watching for Kelly Clarkson on Thursday night?

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Bianca April 15, 2011 | 7:51 PM

Kelly has a very unique voice and I'd like to add "the BEST!!!" she's been my #1 and I'm so proud of her and how much he has accomplished. Keep up the great work Kelly!

bjean April 15, 2011 | 1:56 PM

You all nuts?? Kelly has a very diverse singing voice. Is Real, Authentic, beautiful and is best voice out there. She has very committed fans of all ages, go to her concerts and see!..Very popular in England, Europe and Australia and all places in-between!!!

bjean April 15, 2011 | 1:54 PM

You all nuts?? Kelly has a very diverse singing voice. Is Real, Authentic, beautiful and is best voice out there. She has very committed fans of all ages, go to her concerts and see!..Very popular in England, Europe and Australia and all places in-between!!!

Lee April 15, 2011 | 10:22 AM

Who cares about Kelly. She's a hazbeen. Not to mention FAT!!!!

Sandy April 14, 2011 | 5:48 AM

KELLY'S ON IDOL TONIGHT! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRIDGETT LEAH BOOTHE April 12, 2011 | 11:08 AM

i LIKE THE WAY THAY SING

Facts April 12, 2011 | 8:11 AM

Yeah, you should really check your facts... Kelly did allow her songs to be used on Idol... as a matter of fact, they sing her songs all the time. That Columbian girl was sent home after singing "breakaway" a few weeks ago.

selma April 12, 2011 | 7:21 AM

I'm very excited to hear that Kelly will be back this week. Her song with Jason Aldean is fantastic and I'm sure they will be too. I'd like to correct something you reported, Nigel Lythgoe announced to the press that Kelly DID NOT refuse to let American Idol use her songs. Simon Cowell misunderstood and spoke too soon, and without complete knowledge of the situation, according to Nigel. As a matter of fact, "Since U Been Gone" had already been sung on air in the audition process, long before this false controversy appeared in the news. The damage was done to Kelly Clarkson already though by Simon Cowell and the retraction by Nigel Lythgoe went unnoticed by many, including yourself.

selma April 12, 2011 | 7:19 AM

I'm very excited to hear that Kelly will be back this week. Her song with Jason Aldean is fantastic and I'm sure they will be too. I'd like to correct something you reported, Nigel Lythgoe announced to the press that Kelly DID NOT refuse to let American Idol use her songs. Simon Cowell misunderstood and spoke too soon, and without complete knowledge of the situation, according to Nigel. As a matter of fact, "Since U Been Gone" had already been sung on air in the audition process, long before this false controversy appeared in the news. The damage was done to Kelly Clarkson already though by Simon Cowell and the retraction by Lythgoe went unnoticed by many, including yourself.

Alan Carver April 11, 2011 | 9:01 PM

To be very honest who really cares if KC comes back to AI or not. Her next release is going to be listened to by a handful of people and she really does not draw anymore and honestly the AI show is just beyond silly anymore and it's just a popularity contest with no one winner really having the charisma or struggle to be considered a real musician or artist. Who cares! NO ONE!

Raven Sky April 11, 2011 | 6:06 PM

Kudos to you on bagging that one, in crappy journalism... where has all the integrity gone,when everyone just makes up things for a buck. thank you for that.

Sara April 11, 2011 | 5:37 PM

Wow, sorry but whoever wrote this should have gotten their facts checked. Kelly has always allowed anyone to use her music and she even said, "it's free promotion." Simon later retracted that statement when he realized that was a rumor made-up by the media. Let's not forget she's been on AI most of the seasons plus, several countries versions of Idol. And she answers American idol questions in every interview she's ever done... Doesn't sound like she's running, more like crappy journalist trying to create drama.

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