Kelly Clarkson's New 'Natural Woman' Cover Is Giving Us Throwback 'Idol' Vibes

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'The Kelly Clarkson Show' on March 6, 2020.

Kelly Clarkson's Kellyoke choice for International Women's Day has an extra special meaning.

To open her talk show on Friday (March 6), Clarkson performed her fellow powerhouse vocalist, Aretha Franklin's, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman)," which fit perfectly with the girl power theme.

However, if you've been a longtime Clarkson fan, you've heard her sing that ballad before. 18 years ago, she covered the iconic tune while competing on the first season of American Idol. The then 20-year-old songstress' vocals were so impressive, it's no surprise she won and became the first-ever American Idol.

Watch her 2020 version below, plus her breakout 2002 performance.


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