Backed by her socially-distanced house band, Y’all, the American Idol champ delivered the rockers’ 2003 debut single in a high-necked, knee-length orange dress with ruffled shoulder details.
“Now I’m falling asleep/ And she’s calling a cab/ And he’s having a smoke/ And she’s taking a drag/ Now they’re going to bed/ And my stomach is sick/ And it’s all in my head/ But she’s touching his chest now/ He takes off her dress now/ Letting me go/ And I just can’t look, it’s killing me/ And taking control,” she wailed on the track’s first verse before transitioning to the sing-along chorus.
“Jealousy, turning saints into the sea/ Swimming through sick lullabies/ Choking on your alibi/ But it’s just the price I pay/ Destiny is calling me/ Open up my eager eyes/ ‘Cause I’m Mr. Brightside,” Clarkson belted as the virtual audience erupted into cheers.
Featured on their debut album Hot Fuss, “Mr. Brightside” served as The Killers’ breakout single, rocketing the Las Vegas-based band onto the national consciousness and peaking at No. 10 on the Hot 100 nearly nine months after its release. (The new wave-inspired track remains The Killers’ highest-charting hit of their career.)
Meanwhile, Clarkson tackling Brandon Flowers and co. follows her recent Kellyoke covers of Bon Jovi (“It’s My Life”), 4 Non Blondes (“What’s Up”), Adam Lambert (“Whataya Want From Me”) and a special Halloween-themed edition of the Bee Gees‘ “Stayin’ Alive.”
Watch Clarkson’s take on “Mr. Brightside” below.