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Kelly Clarkson Covers Lana Del Rey’s ‘Off to the Races’

Pretty good faux-rapping, too

The extroverted and effusive Kelly Clarkson doesn’t seem like an obvious choice to cover a pop star as sighing and generally reserved as Lana Del Rey. But the former American Idol winner reined her more bombastic tendencies on a cover of Born to Die single “Off to the Races,” and it was still pretty stunning — Clarkson amps her trilling up nicely at the end, and even her take on Lana’s faux-rapping ends up sounding surprisingly natural. Kelly has some dates coming up in California, maybe she’ll take on “West Coast” next. Watch her cover here.