Kelly Clarkson Covers A Fellow American Idol, Carrie Underwood, For VH1 Unplugged

by (@unclegrambo)

We’re just one week and oh, say, six hours away from the premiere of VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson! Her five-song Unplugged set will debut exclusively on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 17, but we absolutely, positively couldn’t wait that long to share the above clip with you.

As part of her set, Kelly decided to cover “I Know You Won’t,” which was originally recorded by another American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, on her 2007 LP Carnival Ride . Carrie’s version is gorgeous, no doubt, but whereas her version is languid to the point of being passive, Kelly infuses her take—which, we should add, is brought to you by our friends at Starburst—with her trademark combination of dignity, strength, and a touch of heartbreak. Try to listen to the whole thing and not get goosebumps, we dare you.

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Don’t forget, VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson will make its exclusive online premiere at 7 p.m. ET next Thursday, November 17, on VH1.com. It will then air in glorious 1080p on a television near you on Friday, November 18 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Kelly Clarkson VH1 Unplugged

[Photos: VH1/Justin Boruki]