Kelly Clarkson Goes Country & Covers The Judds’ “Why Not Me” For “Kellyoke”

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Kelly Clarkson doesn’t just stick to one genre when it comes to her “Kellyoke” covers for The Kelly Clarkson Show. She has performed her own takes on everything from Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” to Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know.”

One genre that Clarkson keeps coming back to for “Kellyoke” is country. Since her talk show kicked off in 2019, she has covered country hits such as Carrie Underwood‘s “Before He Cheats,” Deana Carter‘s “Strawberry Wine,” and Lee Ann Womack‘s “I Hope You Dance.”

She even got her fellow Voice coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and John Legend to sing Brooks & Dunn‘s “Neon Moon” with her during one episode.

Due to the current world environment, Clarkson was unable to be with her crew to record new episodes of her talk show in person for a while. That meant she couldn’t unite with her band to record live “Kellyoke” performances.

But that didn’t keep Clarkson from sharing new “Kellyoke” covers with her fans. She continued to post an almost-daily “Kellyoke” video on The Kelly Clarkson Show‘s official YouTube channel.

Instead of singing in the studio, Clarkson and her band members made each new “Kellyoke” video by filming their respective parts separately. These parts are then combined to create a cohesive performance.

This is the exact tactic Clarkson and her crew used when she sang a virtual duet with Trisha Yearwood on her 1996 hit “Believe Me Baby (I Lied).”

The same tactic was utilized once more when Clarkson delivered a cover of another country hit…The Judds‘ “Why Not Me.”

“Why Not Me” was released by The Judds in 1984 as the first single off of the duo’s album of the same name. The track lasted a total of 15 weeks on the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart, and two of those weeks were spent at the #1 slot.

Years later, Emily Ann Roberts of Team Blake covered “Why Not Me” during the ninth season of The Voice. Roberts went on to place second during her season.

Clarkson wasn’t a coach on The Voice when Roberts sang “Why Not Me,” but if she had been, we’re sure she would have approved of her cover. After all, Clarkson sings a pretty good rendition of “Why Not Me” herself, so she knows how it’s done!

Tune in to the clip below to enjoy Clarkson’s “Kellyoke” performance of this iconic hit by The Judds. After hearing it, we can’t wait to see which country song Clarkson will pick to sing next!