[PHOTO] Kelly Clarkson Reunites With Original ‘American Idol’ Judges

Some very important people wait a lifetime for such a moment.

Inaugural american idol Champion Kelly Clarkson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, and guests at the ceremony included original judges Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.

Speaking at the event, Cowell said the singer-turned-talk show host was responsible for: idollongevity, not to mention his career.

“I remember that moment when your name was called… I really thought to myself, ‘Thanks to you, we might have another season,'” he recalls. “I can honestly say, ‘Thanks to you I’m here today.'”

Earlier this month, Clarkson celebrated her platinum birthday idol triumph on Instagram, writing, “Twenty years ago today I won american idol and it changed the course of my life forever. That moment was the door that opened so many access and opportunities, and creative partnerships that I will be grateful for all my days. The family and friendships I’ve built in music and TV over the past 20 years are invaluable to me.

“We make only so many trips around the sun,” she continued, “and while I am proud and abundantly blessed with the successes and failures of which I have learned, I am most proud and grateful for those friends who have become family, and for their arms that held me when I needed it and their hearts that listened to me when I felt lost. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. I probably wouldn’t be here at all.”

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