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April 11, 2023

Kelly Clarkson, Charles Esten perform Bruce Springsteen's 'Glory Days'

The singer invited the Pittsburgh native musician to duet on the popular 'Kellyoke' segment on her daytime talk show

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Kelly Clarkson and Charles Esten performed a cover of Bruce Springsteen's 1984 hit 'Glory Days' during Monday's episode of the singer's NBC daytime talk show.

Pittsburgh native actor and musician Charles Esten joined Kelly Clarkson on her NBC daytime talk show this week to perform a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" alongside the "American Idol" winner.

Clarkson and the "Nashville" actor performed one of Springsteen's greatest hits during Monday's broadcast as part of "Kellyoke," a popular segment of the show where Clarkson puts her own musical spin on everything from classic country ballads to songs climbing the Billboard charts. Esten also appeared as a guest, talking about the inspiration behind his new music and performing his latest single, "One Good Move," for the studio audience.

"Glory Days" was the fifth of seven singles from Springsteen's most popular album, "Born in the U.S.A." The single peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1985, more than a year after the album's release. The song tells a semi-autobiographical story of an encounter Springsteen had with his former Little League baseball teammate in the summer of 1973, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Clarkson, who got her start as the first winner of "American Idol," typically performs at least one song on each episode of "The Kelly Clarkson Show." Some of her most popular performances include Ariana Grande's "7 Rings," Billie Eilish's "Happier Than Ever," My Chemical Romance's "Welcome to the Black Parade" and Dolly Parton's "9 to 5."

Clarkson often pulls songs by Philly and New Jersey native musicians.

In February, Clarkson invited Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds to the show for a week of exploration into some of his work. The two sang "I'll Make Love To You," Boyz II Men's sensual 1993 ballad written by Babyface, that the Philadelphia boy band nearly rejected in the early 1990s. 

Accompanied by a trio of back-up dancers, Clarkson also performed a fiery cover of Jazmine Sullivan's "Pick Up Your Feelings" during a "Kellyoke" segment last month. The break-up anthem, released as a single for Sullivan's 2021 album "Heaux Tales," won a Grammy Award in a tie with Silk Sonic's "Leave The Door Open." 

Earlier this year, Clarkson performed a cover of "Better Man (Taylor's Version)," a song written by Taylor Swift for country group Little Big Town that appeared as an additional track on re-recorded album "Red (Taylor's Version)," which the Berks County native released in late 2021 to massive success.

The Jonas Brothers, a trio of New Jersey natives, are also frequent guests on the talk show. Clarkson performed a cover of "Sucker," the lead single from the band's comeback album in 2019, and "Leave Before You Love Me," the group's collaboration with Marshmello. 

Clarkson was joined in February by fellow 2000s pop star Pink to talk about some of the Doylestown native's best work. The two performed duets of some of Pink's hit songs, including "What About Us" and "Who Knew," which Pink revealed was written about a childhood friend who died from a drug overdose.

"The Kelly Clarkson Show" airs at 3 p.m. on NBC every Monday through Friday. Episodes are available to stream on Peacock after the broadcast, and clips from "Kellyoke" segments and interviews can be found on YouTube the day of the show. Clarkson released an EP with some of her most popular "Kellyoke" performances, which can be streamed or purchased now. She will also release "Mine," the lead single to her 10th studio album, "Chemistry," on Friday.