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Kelly Clarkson Goes Full ‘Hocus Pocus’ for ‘I Put a Spell on You’ Halloween Performance

Singer emulates Bette Midler in 1993 now-cult classic on October 31st episode

Kelly Clarkson celebrated Halloween on her daytime show by going full Hocus Pocus, emulating Bette Midler’s look in the beloved 1993 witch movie and delivering a riveting rendition of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ classic “I Put a Spell on You.”

Every episode of the Kelly Clarkson Show finds the former American Idol winner putting her spin on another singer’s work; the show dubs it “Kellyoke.” To mark October 31st, Clarkson elevated Kellyoke to another level by reenacting a Hocus Pocus scene where Midler transfixes a ballroom full of Halloween revelers with her version of the oft-covered Hawkins song.

While Midler’s Hocus Pocus version was a poppier, girl group-inspired take, Clarkson’s rendition returns “I Put a Spell on You” to its bluesy, haunting roots as zombie bellhops and two singing witches — portraying the roles filled in the film by Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy — danced around her.

See Midler’s version in the original Hocus Pocus scene below:

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