Kelly Clarkson regularly wows her studio audience and fans at home with her TV covers. The programme only launched in 2019 but is already inching towards its 500th episode. A highlight of every show is the opening ‘Kellyoke’ segment, where Kelly sings a classic song originally performed by someone else.
The very first Kellyoke was a take on Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’, which Kelly and Dolly have recently re-recorded together for the upcoming Still Working 9 to 5 documentary. Since then she’s spanned pop, rock, country soul and more, taking on everything from ‘Karma Police’ by Radiohead to ‘Ghostbusters’ by Ray Parker Jr. – and that was on consecutive days last October.
In December as part of her run of seasonal songs, she performed Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’, and last month she gave a stunning rendition of George Michael’s solo smash ‘Faith’. ‘Faith’ was the opening song and title track of George’s first solo album after he left Wham! and it went to the top of the US charts and to number two in the UK.
While the segment is usually broadcast as-live, Clarkson actually grabbed her performance of ‘Faith’ from a stash of emergency tapings. “We’re going to kick things off in a different way with a Kellyoke special,” Kelly explained.
“I literally showed up today… I was like, ‘I can’t sing today’. I went to sleep at like 3 am and I’m very tired.”We knew this would happen before once or twice because mama’s got some jobs and children, so we kind of recorded a few Kellyokes in case this day arrived, and it did.”
Watch Kelly Clarkson’s mesmerising cover of Whitney Houston’s ‘Saving All My Love For You’
Kelly Clarkson performed Whitney Houston’s song as part of the segment Kellyoke on her daytime programme The Kelly Clarkson Show on Friday (October 1).
Kellyoke is a popular feature in which Kelly covers and performs iconic tracks live on her show. The ‘Saving All My Love For You’ cover started with a strong vocal from Kelly and she was accompanied by a piano and band. Whitney’s version of ‘Saving All My Love for You’ was released in 1985 and was the second single released from Whitney’s self-titled debut studio album.
‘Saving All My Love For You’ went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US and also reached number one in the UK as well. Whitney’s version of the song was a cover of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr’s 1978 track ‘Saving All My Love For You’ – it appeared on the duo’s album Marilyn & Billy.
Kelly has covered several of Whitney’s iconic tracks including ‘Run to You’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘Exhale (Shoop Shoop)’, ‘How Will I Know’ and ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’. Kelly has previously covered music from other iconic artists, in addition to Whitney, Kelly recently covered Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit ‘Respect’.
Kelly performed the ‘Respect’ cover alongside Ariana Grande on The Voice USA. John Legend and Blake Shelton also joined Kelly and Ariana on stage as they sang Sam and Dave’s 1966 hit ‘Hold On, I’m Comin’. ‘Respect’ and ‘Hold On, I’m Comin’ were performed as a mash-up by the four The Voice USA coaches.
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