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Kelly Clarkson Hits All the Right Notes In an Edgy Cover of Gayle's "abcdefu"

Clarkson took on the 2022 rock hit for her latest Kellyoke.

By Jackie Manno
Kelly Clarkson Performs on The Kelly Clarkson Show

On March 30's episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Kelly Clarkson showed her rebellious side with an edgy cover of the hard-hitting tune "adbcefu" by Gayle. 

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The performance kicked off with some staccato, punk-rock inspired guitar notes. Clarkson kicked off with her vocals right away on cue. "Forget you and your friends, that I'll never see again, everybody but your dog, you can all get lost," she sang with sass.

"I swear I meant to mean the best when it ended, even tried to bite my tongue when you started. Now you're texting all my friends asking questions, they never even liked you in the first place," she sang defiantly. 

"Dated a girl that I hate for the attention, she only made it two days, what a connection. It's like you'd do anything for my affection, you're going all about it in the worst ways," she sang as the song began to build up to the explosive pre-chorus. 

"I was into you, but I'm over it now, and I was trying to be nice. But nothing's getting through, so let me spell it out..." she sang while doing some impressive vocal flips.

"Forget you and your friends, that I'll never see again, everybody but your dog, you can all get lost," she repeated the self-assured lyrics. 

Kelly Clarkson Covers 'abcdefu' by Gayle | Kellyoke

Then, she managed to pull of some belting notes while singing "na na na" repeatedly before singing the chorus one more time and ending the performance on a soft yet confident note. 

Clarkson is no stranger to confronting difficult emotions with her music, as her new album "Chemistry" which is being released soon explores similar themes. 

"I didn't want everyone to think I was just coming out with some, 'I'm angry, I'm sad' [album], just one or two emotions. This album is definitely the arc of an entire relationship. A whole relationship shouldn't be just brought down to one thing. So there's the good, the bad, and the ugly kinda thing going on. Chemistry can be a really amazing sexy, cool, fun thing, but it can also be very bad for you. So that's why I named it Chemistry. I thought it was the perfect title to describe the entire album," she explained on her Instagram.  

Watch Clarkson Coach on The Voice on NBC Mondays at 8/7c and Tuesdays at 9/8c and next day on Peacock.  Also be sure to check your local listings for The Kelly Clarkson Show.