It has been 17 years since Kelly Clarkson was a contestant on ‘American Idol‘ Season One!
Who was her judge? In addition to music execs Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, the “Straight Up” singer, Paula Abdul was the only female judge on the first season premiere of the popular singing competition.
Kelly Clarkson Singing Paula Abdul Medley on American Idol – WATCH
Adbul was in part responsible for discovering Clarkson 17 years ago. When she auditioned “At Last” for the three judges, they knew they had found something special.
Fast forward to May 1, 2019 where Kelly Clarkson was tapped as host of one of the biggest music shows on television, the Billboard Music Awards and her former judge happen to be a headlining act.
Paula Abdul, 56, took the stage singing a medley of her greatest hits including “Straight Up,” “(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me,” “Opposites Attract,” “Cold Hearted” and “Forever Your Girl.” The high energy performance even had Paula thrown up in the air at a few points during the show, leading to gasps from the audience.
If you missed Abdul’s performance, check it out at the video below.
Photos of Kelly Clarkson and Paula at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards
Courtney Rose is an Entertainment Writer at Feeling the Vibe Magazine based in New York. Pop culture and rom-com obsessed. Studied Journalism and is up to date on all the latest entertainment news. For tips or comments, email me at Courtney@feelingthevibe.com