Kelly Clarkson Channels Madonna For Spot-On Cover Of Her Song ‘Borderline’

In this image released on October 14, Kelly Clarkson performs onstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on October 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
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Kelly Clarkson dedicated her cover of one of Madonna’s first hits — “Borderline” — to her musical director Jason Halbert for her latest performance on “Kellyoke,” a popular segment on her daytime talk series.

In a clip posted to Twitter, as seen below, Kelly looked lovely in a brown dress. The garment had sleeves rolled up to her elbows. The dress fell to her knees and with it, she wore knee-high boots. The dress had a small collar and was open at the neck. A large belt cinched in the waist.

Her blond hair was parted in the middle and styled in long waves that fell down her back.

Kelly clutched the microphone stand. Several rings were seen on the fingers of both her hands as she sang the song made famous by the Material Girl off her debut album, Madonna.

The studio was flooded with yellow lights which illuminated the first American Idol winner from all directions. A neon sign with the name of the talk show shone in the background. The overall effect was similar to a nightclub as her house band, led by Jason, played behind her.

Kelly made the tune her own as she added a country twang to the chorus, until building to a crescendo at the end, belting out the final words of the tune as the band finished playing the music behind her.

“Borderline” was released in 1984 as the album’s fifth single, cracking the Top 10 on the Hot 100 and charting in the Top 5 in five countries. The song was written by Reggie Lucas, who also penned the 1978 hit for Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway titled “The Closer I Get to You” and the 1980 Stephanie Mills song “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” reported Songfacts. “Borderline” was Madonna’s first Top 10 hit.

Many of Kelly’s fans took to social media and continued to express their wishes for a covers album featuring some of the tunes that Kelly has performed on “Kellyoke,” including “Good as Hell” by Lizzo, “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton, “Confident” by Demi Lovato, and “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran to name a few.

“Kelly, please go 80s for your next record! Something like this, or ‘A Little Respect’ (that you also covered) or ‘You Love Me’ or ‘Nostalgic,'” wrote one fan on Twitter.

“So good! Cannot wait to see you live again!” tweeted a second follower.

“I love this woman and her voice,” added a third Twitter user.