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Why Kelly Clarkson's Wearing an Eyepatch 'Like a Dang Pirate'

When you tune in to Kelly Clarkson's second season of her Emmy award-winning The Kelly Clarkson Show, you might be surprised to see her wearing an eye patch. The talk show host reveals that she is wearing the patch "like a dang pirate" as a result of an injury on the set of The Voice

"I'm highly allergic to dust," she explained to NBC LA. "Well, something had gotten in my eye ... something got in there, maybe cut it, did something. It got infected. It looked like Hitch, you know that movie?" If you haven't seen this Will Smith film, there is a scene where his face blows up so bad from an allergic reaction he can barely see. 

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With a full day of shooting ahead of her, she initially wasn't sure what to do.

"When it first happened, it was so puffy and I was like, 'What am I supposed to do?'" Clarkson continued to explain to NBC Los Angeles. "I had to shoot The Voice, a full day for, I think it was 'Battle Realities,' in a patch and I was wearing all black 'cause it was already the outfit that was chosen, and I looked like an assassin. It was so bad."

When the Grammy winner welcomed guest Common on her show, she even jokes "I'm sorry I look like a pirate. I hurt my eye and I have to wear it. And, so, it's ridiculous. You're being interviewed by a pirate today." You can get a glimpse of the new look she's sporting in the above social media promo. 

Rapper Common encouraged the look during his interview, and Clarkson said maybe she'll stick with the eye patch. "I think I'm gonna just make it my thing,"she joked. "This is my whole album, my next album cycle is this."

She ended up having to wear the eye patch while shooting certain episodes for the upcoming season of The Voice in Los Angeles. Kelly Clarkson's eye patch will sporadically make appearances due to the fact that some episodes are shot out of order.

"We did six shows total because we did two shows a day," she said. "Three days I had to wear a patch ... I'm gonna randomly be wearing a patch, like on a random Tuesday, and people are gonna be like, 'She needs to figure out her eye situation.'"

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