Kelly Clarkson Covers Duncan Laurence’s ‘Arcade’


American superstar Kelly Clarkson covered Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” on her show today. During the Kellyoke segment, the first-ever American Idol winner delivered a special performance of the Eurovision 2019 winning song.

Kelly Clarkson in “Arcade”

On the Kellyoke part of his eponym The Kelly Clarkson Show, Clarkson always comes up with a rendition of a well-known song. Previous performances include Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” and the legendary Celine Dion’s “I Drove All Night.” With her band Y’All, the 39-year-old singer has now surprised audiences (and Eurovision fans) with Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade.” The arrangement was new for this cover, with more of a pop rock vibe – the vibe that has become Kelly Clarkson’s trademark. Combined with her powerful voice, this rendition is surely worth watching. Duncan Laurence himself reacted to the coverage on social media. He says:

The Kelly Clarkson Show started in 2019 and turned out to be quite successful. Kelly Clarkson won the Daytime Emmy Award in 2020 and 2021 for Outstanding Host – an accolade we can be proud of. The show is set to take over Ellen DeGeneres’ timeslot on many channels once she wraps up her show later this year.

The American dream of “Arcade”

Since winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019, ‘Arcade’ has been creating dreams for Duncan Laurence. It all started in early 2021 – 1.5 years after Duncan won the contest in Tel Aviv. The song gained popularity on TikTok, making Duncan an interesting guest in the United States. His first appearance there came on a segment of the hugely popular The Today Show. Shortly after that performance, talk show Ellen followed suit, where Duncan Laurence performed his reissue of “Arcade” with Fletcher. With so much exposure in the US, it didn’t take long for “Arcade” to be certified Gold there as well – meaning Duncan Laurence had sold over 500,000 copies of the song.

He has since also become the most streamed Eurovision winner on Spotify. Eventually, “Arcade” was No. 44 on Spotify’s global chart in 2021. Kelly Clarkson covering the song just adds another chapter to the American dream Duncan Laurence is living with his winning Eurovision entry. All a success for that small village boy…

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