The original American Idol crew is getting back together, as former judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson are reuniting for The Kelly Clarkson Show. Of course, as Clarkson is the first winner of the singing competition series, the reunion will include her as well. For longtime Idol fans who have fond memories of watching the very first season, this special reunion is certainly looking to be a must-see television experience. The series will officially make its television debut on Sept. 9, so mark those calendars now.
American Idol first premiered on Fox all the way back in 2002. The concept of the singing competition series is to invite aspiring singers from all across the United States to showcase their skills in front of judges from the music business, with the most impressive singers moving on to the finals of the competition. Fan voting would then take over to determine which contestants would move on to the next round until there was only one singer left standing. Famously, Clarkson was the first winner of the show, obtaining the recording contract at the end of season one. While the success of subsequent Idol winners has varied, Clarkson has done very well as a musician, selling millions of records and winning multiple Grammy Awards.
While viewership for American Idol would dwindle over the years, most everyone can remember the original three judges on the series. Considered the most cruel of the three is Simon Cowell, who is known for his scathing quips about the lackluster performances of wannabe Idol contestants. It just wasn't an episode of American Idol without Simon making someone cry. His kinder cohorts include '80s pop star Paula Abdul and music manager Randy Jackson. The trio was basically a dream team, making the series far more entertaining than it would have been without their inclusion. All three judges wound up serving on the series for eight seasons together, with each having since departed the show.
Clarkson has found plenty of success since her time on Idol with her music career, but she's often been working in movies and on TV as well. While one of her her first movie projects From Justin to Kelly was infamously a dud, Clarkson has since lent her voice to animated characters in movies like UglyDolls and Trolls World Tour. She has been far busier on television, often appearing as herself in a wide variety of shows. In 2018, Clarkson joined The Voice as a talent coach, and given all of this experience, the singer's transition into a talk show host shouldn't be too much of a stretch for the modern pop star.
The Kelly Clarkson Show will premiere on Sept. 9 on NBC. In anticipation of the upcoming series, Clarkson recently shared a mini tour of the set, insisting she was doing it on her own accord as she was that excited. You can take a look at the video below, courtesy of Kelly Clarkson Show on Instagram. The news of Clarkson's American Idol reunion comes to us from PEOPLE.