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Putri Ariani's Cover of This Whitney Houston Hit Will Give You Chills

The America's Got Talent Season 18 finalist did a stunning rendition of the powerful song. 

By Jackie Manno

Putri Ariani always knows how to bring a tear to your eyes with her jaw-dropping performances.

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On August 27, the America's Got Talent Season 18 finalist showed off her impeccable range with a rendition of Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You." Even though the tune is notoriously difficult to sing, Ariani unsurprisingly managed to pull it off.

During her performance, she riffed gently with perfect control. When the chorus hit, she gently played the piano, crooning in a hushed tone as the crowd joined her. 

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What to know about "I Will Always Love You"

Originally written by Dolly Parton in 1973 for her album Jolene, the song was famously covered by Whitney Houston for the film The Bodyguard. Houston's version reached the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1992, and won Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year two years later.

Parton was more than honored by Houston's rendition. When the country icon was on The Kelly Clarkson Show in 2022, she described what happened when she heard Houston's take on her emotional song for the first time. "I heard it on the radio. And so when it went into And I, I just freaked out. I had to pull over to the side because, honestly, I thought I was 'gonna wreck. It was the most overwhelming feeling. And you know how great that was,” she said. 

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The lyrics to "I Will Always Love You"

If I should stay
I would only be in your way
So I'll go, but I know
I'll think of you every step of the way

And I will always love you
I will always love you

My darling, you

Bittersweet memories
That is all I'm taking with me
So goodbye, please, don't cry
We both know I'm not what you, you need

Split of Putri Ariani and Whitney Houston

And I will always love you
I will always love you

I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you've dreamed of
And I wish to you joy and happiness
But above all this, I wish you love

And I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you, I
I will always love you, you

Darling, I love you
Ooh, I'll always, I'll always love you