Kelly Clarkson Nails Rodrigo’s ‘Bad Idea’

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Kelly Clarkson Turns a ‘Bad Idea’ Into a Good One | Olivia Rodrigo Kellyoke Cover

Kelly Clarkson singing an Olivia Rodrigo song? That’s always a good idea.

On the latest episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday (May 16), the powerhouse singer and talk show host took the Kellyoke stage with a dynamic cover of Olivia Rodrigo’s hit single “Bad Idea Right?” Clarkson’s performance brought an extra punch of pop-punk energy to her New York City studio. Watch the performance below.

Clarkson Channels Rodrigo’s Angsty Vibe

Dressed in a cheetah-print top and backed by her band, Y’all, Clarkson’s rendition of the song was a blend of her signature vocal strength and Rodrigo’s playful yet angsty style. The stage, bathed in intense red lights, set the perfect mood as Clarkson belted out the lyrics about the complications of rekindling an old flame. “Yes, I know that he’s my ex, but can’t two people reconnect?” she sang passionately, capturing the essence of Rodrigo’s original sentiment. “‘I only see him as a friend,’ the biggest lie I ever said.”

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Guts’ and Chart Success

“Bad Idea Right?” is the second single from Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore album, Guts. The song climbed to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, solidifying Rodrigo’s status as a leading voice in pop music. Guts, released in 2023, also includes the chart-topping single “Vampire,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Related: Watch Olivia’s Coachella collab with No Doubt

Background on Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson, known for her powerful voice and versatility, rose to fame as the first winner of American Idol in 2002. Since then, she has released numerous hit albums and singles, earning her a place among pop royalty. With her talk show, Clarkson continues to showcase her vocal talent through Kellyoke, where she covers a wide range of songs, delighting her audience with each performance.

By turning Rodrigo’s ‘Bad Idea’ into a Kellyoke highlight, Clarkson once again proved that good music transcends generations, blending the old with the new in perfect harmony.

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