Watch Kelly Clarkson Turn Radiohead’s ‘Karma Police’ Into an Unexpected Ballad

Kelly Clarkson took a left turn on Thursday’s (Oct. 28) Kelly Clarkson Show, covering Radiohead’s “Karma Police” for her Kellyoke segment.

In her rendition, Clarkson transforms the haunting and ambient OK Computer single into a captivating ballad, demonstrating her powerful belt and uncanny ability to personalize the alternative rock anthem. Clarkson gives the evocative line “I lost myself” newfound meaning, adding angst to Radiohead’s cathartic pleas.

Dressed in a black leather dress with a decorative golden center, Clarkson ended the performance with her signature wailing high note.

American Idol was surely excellent practice for Clarkson, who is no stranger to an expertly delivered cover. Previous Kellyoke performances include songs from artists like Ike and Tina Turner, Depeche Mode, Coldplay and many new and explorative genre-benders for the “Since U Been Gone” singer.

Fans shared their reactions to the new cover on Twitter using the hashtag “Kellyoke,” sharing major appreciation for the singer’s range and talent.

You can watch Kelly Clarkson’s cover of “Karma Police” by Radiohead and listen to the original 1997 track below.

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