Kelly Clarkson tapped into her mysterious side for her newest Kellyoke cover. On Monday (Sept. 27), the singer/talk-show host opened up The Kelly Clarkson Show by singing Depeche Mode‘s 1990 hit “Enjoy the Silence.”
Clarkson took to the stage in a zebra-print dress and was backed by her live band, who helped make the moody hit all her own. Clarkson peppered the lyrics with her signature vocals riffs and runs, singing, “All I ever wanted/ All I ever needed/ Is here in my arms/ Words are very unnecessary/ They can only do harm.”
“Enjoy the Silence” served as the second single from Depeche Mode’s seventh studio album, Violator. The song was a top 10 hit for the English electronic band, peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Kellyoke is an essential component of The Kelly Clarkson Show, with Alex Duda, the NBCUniversal-distributed series’ executive producer, telling Billboard that performing a new cover song at the beginning of each episode was designed to connect the host with her audience.
“‘Music is our common currency’ was our basic pitch for the show, and it hasn’t changed since the pilot first aired two years ago,” Duda said. “When [Kelly] came up from the back of the audience with the crowd on their feet and started off with a message and vibe of love from the top of that show, it connects the audience and viewers and sets the vibe and makes you feel better. And we needed that more than ever over the last year and a half … for us it’s rough to be a show about connections when you can’t physically connect.”
Watch Clarkson’s cover of “Enjoy the Silence” below.