updated 04/15/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/15/2011 AT 9:10 AM ET
Who says you can never go home?
American Idol’s original winner, Kelly Clarkson, returned to the stage where she first stepped into the spotlight and sang “Don’t You Want to Stay” with country singer Jason Aldean on Thursday night’s elimination show.
Ryan Seacrest introduced her as “someone the world knows as the platinum-selling Grammy winner, but to us she’s the girl who started it all.”