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Hear Why Kelly Clarkson Literally Bowed to Blake Shelton During This Live Duet

The then-future co-Coaches of The Voice teamed up in 2012 to deliver an unforgettable performance of a Jason Aldean song. 

By Chris Phelan

For nearly 15 years, The Voice has guaranteed viewers two things: fantastic celebrity Coaches and countless jaw-dropping live performances. For all-star Coaches like Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton, giving millions of viewers both at the same time is pretty typical. 

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But long before they first competed against each other as Coaches in Season 14, Clarkson and Shelton teamed up for an unforgettable live duet. 

Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton duetted a Jason Aldean song in 2012

In 2012, the duo performed a rousing rendition of a song Clarkson was already intimately familiar with: "Don't You Wanna Stay," a duet she did with Jason Aldean, originally released on his 2010 album My Kinda Party.

Listen to the duet here.

During Clarkson's 2012 tour, which was notable for countless all-star musicians and vocalists dropping in unannounced, Clarkson ensured that her stop in Los Angeles was one for the ages. Shelton joined her on stage to give fans a moment they'd remember for a long time (and now you will, too).

Split image of Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton

While the original version hits us in all the feels, we must admit (with no disrespect toward the ultra-talented Aldean) that Clarkson and Shelton teaming up gives the song an entirely new perspective — and we're here for it. At one point, Clarkson literally bows to Shelton, presumably because she knows they're slaying this duet. 

Now, if you'll excuse us, we'll be busy spending the next few minutes crossing our fingers that Clarkson and Shelton record an official studio version in the near future — or, at the very least, give us a live performance of the song on The Voice. We can dream, right? 

"Don't You Wanna Stay" by Jason Aldean lyrics

I really hate to let this moment go
Touching your skin and your hair falling slow
When a goodbye kiss, feels like this

Don't you wanna stay here a little while?
Don't you wanna hold each other tight?
Don't you wanna fall asleep with me tonight?
Don't you wanna stay here a little while?
We can make forever feel this way
Don't you wanna stay

Let's take it slow, I don't wanna move too fast
I don't wanna just make love, I wanna make love last
When your up this high, it's a sad goodbye
Don't you wanna stay here a little while?
Don't you wanna hold each other tight?
Don't you wanna fall asleep with me tonight?
Don't you wanna stay here a little while?
We can make forever feel this way
Don't you wanna stay?

Oh yeah
Oh, you feel so perfect, baby
Yeah, you feel so perfect, baby
Don't you wanna stay here a little while?

Don't you wanna stay here a little while?
Don't you wanna hold each other tight?
Don't you wanna fall asleep with me tonight?
Don't you wanna stay here a little while?
We can make forever feel this way
Don't you wanna stay, yeah?

Don't you wanna stay?
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah