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Kelly Clarkson Absolutely Floored by This Contestant's Audition on 'The Voice': 'You Just One-Upped Me on My Own Song'

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It’s always a risk for a contestant to sing a judge’s song in any singing competition. The judge will have a personal attachment to the piece and know all its details, making it tough for a contestant to really make a good impression.

But when they do impress, they REALLY impress.

Kelly Clarkson was recently on the receiving end of a shocking performance of her song “I Dare You” on “The Voice.”

When the piece started out and contestant Kelsie Watts began singing, Clarkson listened intently — but it was the whistle notes at the end that really got her, and she immediately punched the button to turn around.

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“You better sing that song!” Clarkson yelled as Watts finished.

“You just one-upped me on my own song!” Clarkson claimed.

“Oh my gosh, you just sang the crap out of my song.”

Gwen Stefani also turned her chair around, following close on Clarkson’s heels, but it was pretty clear that the contestant was a fan of Kelly’s.

Clarkson admitted she doesn’t usually accept contestants that sing her songs, but she praised Watts’ risk-taking and gutsy choice to include the whistle notes, saying that it paid off for her.

“I’m very hard on it,” she explained. “But I was like, you cannot come out here and sing my song like that and not have me turn around.”

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Watts, to nobody’s surprise, chose Clarkson as her coach, and wrote about it on Facebook.

“TEAM KELLY!!!” she shared on her Kelsie Watts Music page. “I am so insanely blessed and honored to be on @nbcthevoice and on the INCREDIBLE @kellyclarkson’s team! God is so good y’all.”

“Thank you @gwenstefani for believing in me and turning your chair for me! And thank you @kellyclarkson for pressing your button and allowing me to be a part of your team on The Voice.”

“Thank you everyone for following my journey and supporting my dreams for so many years. Make sure and hashtag #kelsiewattsmusic so I see your posts! Cheers to new adventures!!!”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking