Kelly Clarkson Covers Dolly Parton’s ‘Hard Candy Christmas’

Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal
Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal
Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

Kelly Clarkson just shared a cover of an iconic Dolly Parton song and fans can’t get enough.

The superstar performed “Hard Candy Christmas” during the “Kellyoke” segment on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday (Dec. 17). Clarkson’s pristine vocals shined as she crooned the emotional lyrics while accompanied by a socially distant band and backup vocalists.

“Me, I’ll be just fine and dandy/ Lord it’s like a hard candy Christmas/ I’m barely gettin’ through tomorrow/ But still I won’t let/ Sorrow bring me way down,” Clarkson sang on a beautifully decorated holiday set.

“Hard Candy Christmas” originally appeared in the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Parton recorded the song and released it as a single in late 1982. The track was also included on Once Upon a Christmas, the country icon’s holiday album with Kenny Rogers in 1984.

This performance is one of several country covers Clarkson has shared in recent weeks, following Billy Currington’s “Let Me Down Easy,” Faith Hill’s “It Matters To Me,” Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis,” Wynonna’s “No One Else On Earth” and Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California.

Previous “Kellyoke” segments have featured covers of Blake SheltonJohnny Cash, Lady A, Rascal Flatts, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini (just to name a few).

Click above to watch Kelly Clarkson perform “Hard Candy Christmas.”