Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson go toe-to-toe when belting out this Christmas favorite KellyClarksonArg/YouTube screenshot
KellyClarksonArg/YouTube screenshot

It’s safe to say that Nashville’s country music community is one big, happy family, although some of those relationships are more familial than others.

Take Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. They have a genuine connection with Kelly being married to Brandon Blackstock, Blake’s manager. But, they also have some solid reasons to go toe-to-toe. There’s the six degrees of reality show separation — Kelly won the inaugural season of “American Idol,” while Blake is the most winning mentor on “The Voice.” There’s also an entire Red River rivalry with Blake, a born and bred Okie, and Kelly, a loud and proud Texan.

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Still, back in 2012, when Kelly and Brandon were just dating, Blake invited her to appear on his televised Christmas special, “Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas.” Why wouldn’t he? She has an amazing voice and was practically family.

Besides Brandon, the other things that Blake and Kelly have in common are their zany personalities and sparkling senses of humor, so it’s really no surprise that Kelly’s appearance on the show featured some pretty hilarious antics, including an attempt at an “Idol” vs. “Voice” vocal throwdown that was peppered with a truckload of good-natured flaunting from Kelly.

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Of course, her real purpose for being there was to showcase those breathtaking vocals, and Kelly’s visit on Blake’s show wasn’t complete until the pair collaborated on the contemporary Christmas favorite, “New Kid In Town.”

They may pretend to be fussy siblings, but they genuinely harmonize like superstars.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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