Kelly Clarkson has been delighting her fans by opening each edition of her daily talk show with a “Kellyoke” cover of one of her favourite songs, and she pulled out all the stops on Monday to put her unique spin on “Uptown Funk”.
As always, the first-ever “American Idol” champion infused her personality into the Bruno Mars-Mark Ronson hit for “The Kelly Clarkson Show”, which launched in September.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Clarkson’s longtime musical director Jason Halbert explained how the “Kellyoke” covers are selected and the surprising amount of effort that goes into putting that segment together.
“We’ve been doing something similar on tour, and Kelly usually says during a show that this was my idea. I don’t remember the day that this was my idea, but hey, I’ll take it when it’s working,” said Halbert of how “Kellyoke” came to be.
“I think because of how she started on ‘Idol’, covering so many great songs on the show, when I first started with her, I used to get tons of emails from fans requesting that she cover certain songs. So I brought her the idea of, ‘Why don’t we do a fan request every day?’ She loved the idea, and I think we’ve been doing it since almost the very beginning. Whenever they were coming up with a concept for the show, that sort of morphed into ‘Kellyoke’.”
As Halbert explained, because of Clarkson’s schedule (which also includes “The Voice”), the show tapes six episodes a week filming on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with Clarkson rehearsing all six weekly “Kellyoke” covers on Mondays. Songs selected are a combination of Halbert’s suggestions and fan requests.
“I get a list of songs that have been requested, and I have to make sure we haven’t already covered a song, or if we did, is there a way we can present it differently?” he added. “And she’s definitely part of choosing the final selections because there’s certain songs that lend to her voice better than others.”