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Kelly Clarkson Reunited With The Voice's Corey Ward and Sang a Gorgeous Duet
Get ready to pass the tissues, because Clarkson pulled out all the tricks for this one!
Kelly Clarkson blew the crowd away again during the February 16th episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, when she performed a goosebump-inducing rendition of "Falling Slowly" from the musical Once. And Clarkson didn't perform the iconic duet solo, though we know she could. Instead, she recruited some help from a special someone from Season 20 of The Voice: Corey Ward!
"Falling Slowly," a bittersweet ballad, is an emotional tale about an ill-fated relationship, and Clarkson and Ward took the song to a new level with their chill-inducing performance. Plus, seeing a former member of Team Kelly on the Clarkson Show stage was a real treat!
Ward's rustic sound and Clarkson's angelic harmonies blended beautifully throughout the song, and the arrangement was so simplistically stunning. Clarkson embraced a pared-down lighting scheme, as well, allowing her and Ward's vocals to take the spotlight. Ward led the way, looking slick with his fur coat and acoustic guitar and singing the haunting first lyric, "I don't know you, but I want you all the more for that."
Ward stuck around after the performance to chat with Clarkson about his latest career updates.
"I love his voice so much, y'all," Clarkson told the crowd after their breathtaking performance. "It's so cool to have someone in your inner ears just sound that good when you're singing with them."
Clarkson will return to the red chair in Season 23 of The Voice as a Coach. It will also be her rival Blake Shelton's final season as a Coach. "He's been doing it a long time, and I think it's a really cool way that we all know he's leaving so we get the time to, like—I mean, I can't stand him, but I also love him. So we get the time to actually, like, lift him up and say how great he is," Clarkson tells NBC Insider. "He is the ultimate Coach on this show. Everybody knows that. He's won the most, and he, honest to God, helps the Artists afterwards. And it's an incredible thing that he's done for so many Artists. It's a loss for The Voice."
The Voice Season 23 premieres Monday, March 6th at 8/7c on NBC.
For more jaw-dropping Kellyoke performances, check your local listings for The Kelly Clarkson Show.