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Kelly Clarkson covers many types of songs and Artists during her Kellyoke segments on The Kelly Clarkson Show. Everyone from Toni Braxton to Stevie Nicks is fair game, and for the May 3rd Kellyoke, she expands her repertoire even more. The American Song Contest Host and Voice Coach offers her twist on Dua Lipa and Elton John's song "Cold Heart," and she nailed it (of course).
First off, if you didn't know Lipa and John have a duet together, stream the original right now. You'll be dancing in your chair. "Cold Heart" became John's first U.K. number-one song in 16 years upon its debut in August 2021. It was even nominated for Song of the Year at the 42nd Brit Awards but lost to Adele's powerhouse single "Easy on Me." The track is disco-tastic—in line with the sound Dua Lipa helped bring back to radio with her 2020 album, Future Nostalgia.
And Clarkson's cover is just as groovy. For her rendition, she keeps the beat similar to the original and adds some soul with her full, robust vocals. The result will have you (yet again) dancing in your chair.
Speaking of great songs: The finale of American Song Contest airs Monday, May 9 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The Eurovision-type competition has narrowed it down to 10 Artists—each representing a U.S. state, territory, or Washington, D.C.—with an original song they hope America will vote as the best.
But who will win? What makes a truly great American song? Well, Clarkson told NBC Insider a few weeks back the ingredients are "a great story, soulfulness, and honesty."
She continued, "I think those are the three things. As long as it's honest and it's got some soul to it, and there's all different kinds of soul. It doesn't have to be R&B or gospel; there are all different types of soul out there. And I feel like the story: People want to be a part of that and take the ride with you."
Tune in next week to see which song and Artist rides to the finish line.
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