Kelly Clarkson Shares Brilliant Rendition Of “Blue Christmas”

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Kelly Clarkson Covers “Blue Christmas” For “Kellyoke” On The Kelly Clarkson Show

Viewers who tune in to The Kelly Clarkson Show always look forward to Clarkson‘s “Kellyoke” segment. During the segment, Clarkson performs a cover of another artist’s song, and gives it her own spin.

We’ve heard her sing pop, rock, jazz, R&B, country, and more. Country seems to be one of her favorite genres, as she’s covered songs by Wynonna Judd, Travis Tritt, and Blake Shelton, to name a few.

During the holiday season, Clarkson shares covers of iconic Christmas songs. For example, she earned a lot of praise for her rendition of Amy Grant‘s “Grown-Up Christmas List.”


On another episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Clarkson shared a cover of “Blue Christmas.” She previously covered the song for her 2013 Christmas album, Wrapped in Red.

While the song has been performed by many artists over the years, Elvis Presley recorded the most recognizable version.

The History Behind “Blue Christmas”

Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson wrote “Blue Christmas” together. The song was first recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948.

Presley recorded his version of “Blue Christmas” in 1957. It was first featured on his holiday LP Elvis’ Christmas Album.

Cover art for the Elvis Presley Christmas album that contains his version of "Blue Christmas"
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Presley officially released “Blue Christmas” as a single in 1964. He later released a second, live version of the song following his ’68 Comeback Special.

As popular as his recording was, Presley did receive some backlash after releasing “Blue Christmas.” Priscilla Presley once recalled how he caused “quite a stir” with the song:

It was a very bluesy, very sexy rendition of the song. I know it caused quite a stir on his first album, ‘Elvis’ Christmas,’ back in the day. Because that’s exactly what people were talking about, was how, you know, he was affecting our youth, his morals were terrible, he was the devil because of the way he moved. So I’m sure, which it did, cause a lot of stir back in the day.”

Still, Presley’s version of “Blue Christmas” has since been certified Platinum by the RIAA for the sale of over one million units.

Watch Kelly Clarkson Share Her Version Of “Blue Christmas”

Anyone who dares to sing “Blue Christmas” after Presley knows they have a lot to live up to. But Clarkson rose to the occasion, and delivered a brilliant cover of the song for “Kellyoke.”

Fans made it clear they loved her rendition. Some of the comments on YouTube were:

“Her vocal gymnastics are phenomenal! The way she transitions so effortlessly from one note to the other is outstanding.”

“Only KELLY can sound exactly the same as she does recorded.”

“Everything that comes out of Kelly’s mouth is golden!”

“I like her honky-tonk take on this.”

“Elvis meets Patsy Cline vibes….”

“Well done Kelly, you did Elvis’s song so well!”

Head below to check out Clarkson’s “Kellyoke” version of “Blue Christmas.” It was spectacular! 

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