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Kelly Clarkson Nailed a Show-Stopping Belt on Her Jazzy Cover of 'Last Christmas'

George Michael would be proud.

By Jessica White
Kelly Clarkson Sings 'Last Christmas' | Kellyoke Encore

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Christmas is right around the corner, and Kelly Clarkson is ushering in the season with some show-stopping Kellyokes on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Exhibit A: This Kellyoke Encore from Clarkson's 2021 NBC special, When Christmas Comes Around, a cover of Wham's "Last Christmas."

For this cover, Clarkson transformed her stage into a nighttime jazz club, and her take on "Last Christmas" was just as jazzy. 

The Voice Coach honestly made tackling Wham's synth-pop holiday hit look easy, embracing the song's dreamy and melancholic lyrics. At the turn of the bridge, Clarkson went for a high note and stuck the landing—and needless to say, the audience was mesmerized with merriment. Watch for yourself in the video, above. 

Want more Clarkson in your holiday season entertainment? Fret not: You can watch the entire Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around holiday special right now on NBC. In the special, Clarkson also sings her original song "Merry Christmas (To the One I Used to Know)," which actually has a heartbreaking backstory. 

"There aren’t many holiday songs for people feeling lost and just plain sad," Clarkson said about that song. "The holidays come with a whole range of emotions. I’m going to be real with y’all: When I wrote this next song, I was crying my face off, which happens even at Christmas time. I’d just put my kids to bed, and I was just going through it, having a really hard time."

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