Kelly Clarkson returns to the "American Idol" stage

Kelly Clarkson on "American Idol" (Fox)
Kelly Clarkson on "American Idol" (Fox)

(CBS) - Kelly Clarkson was briefly back in her old stomping grounds last night.

The first-ever "American Idol" winner hit the stage on Thursday's result show, which sent 26-year-old Paul McDonald home, and performed a duet of "Don't You Wanna Stay" with country singer Jason Aldean.

[Watch her perfomance with Aldean below]

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The pair performed the song back in November during the 44th Annual Country Music Awards, and this past March, it hit No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart.

Clarkson, 28, who took home the "Idol" crown nearly nine years ago, recently wrapped up her fifth studio album, which is due for a September release.

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