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Kelly Clarkson finally did what her "Since U Been Gone"-era fans have been waiting for: cover a classic alt-rock hit. On the October 20th episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, the pop icon did a cover of "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind—and she totally made the song her own.
The performance started off with just Clarkson’s vocals and an acoustic guitar. “Wish you could step back from that ledge, my friend. You could cut ties with all the lies you’ve been living in,” she crooned. “And if you do not want to see me again, I would understand."
“Well, everyone I know has got a reason to say, put the past away,” she sang the lyrics with emotion before the chorus came in full force. And that's when she belted her heart out. The song’s signature guitar solo then began the play.
After the performance was over, Clarkson revealed that the song was inspired by the tragic death of a young gay teenager who was bullied, and she chose the song to honor the LGBTQ+ community. Clarkson, her band, and her audience members were all wearing the color purple in honor of Spirit Day, which takes place on October 20, 2022. (Spirit Day is meant for people to show their support to the LGBTQ+ community, and to stand up against youth bullying.)
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