The time: More than a decade ago — 2002, to be specific — and it was Big Band Week on American Idol. Ugh, this week is going to suck, I said to myself, letting my distaste for the genre shine through. And I would have been correct in my assumption — had it not been for Kelly Clarkson’s rousing, fun-filled, and totally punchy performance of Betty Hutton’s “Stuff Like That There.” That was the first time I remember thinking, with 100 percent conviction, that Kelly Clarkson could sing anything — and it would be far from the last.
Fast forward to today, when I stumbled upon a two-week old YouTube video of her covering Mumford & Sons’s “I Will Wait,” which I’ve been rewinding Michael Scott-style on YouTube for the last four hours. READ FULL STORY