Katy Perry Reacts to Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Wide Awake’ Kellyoke Cover

Kelly Clarkson‘s “Wide Awake” cover made quite the impression on Katy Perry.

The Kelly Clarkson Show host performed Perry‘s 2012 hit, stripping it down to just piano and vocals, for a segment of Kellyoke on Tuesday (March 19). She slowed down the track, letting her strong voice shine throughout the ballad.

Fans were smitten by Clarkson’s arrangement — including Perry herself.


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“ok dang I can never sing that again,” Perry commented on a video posted by the official Kelly Clarkson Show account on Instagram.

“I was in the dark/ I was falling hard/ With an open heart/ How did I read the stars so wrong?” Clarkson sings as the clip starts. “And now it’s clear to me/ That everything you see/ Ain’t always what it seems/ Yeah, I was dreaming for so long.”

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“Wide Awake,” the final single from Perry’s Teenage Dream album cycle, was included on the set’s 2012 deluxe reissue, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed on the chart for 26 weeks in total.

Previously, Clarkson has covered Perry’s “The One That Got Away” and “Roar” on her Daytime Emmy-winning talk show. 

Perry recently sat down with Billboard at Women in Music 2024 to have a quick chat about her upcoming Rock in Rio performance and her love of dance music. On the red carpet, she talked about presenting the executive of the year honor at the event, her love of Karol G and her decision to leave American Idol.

See the video of Clarkson’s version of “Wide Awake” that Perry shared her thoughts on below.