By Grady Smith
March 21, 2012 at 06:54 PM EDT

Kelly Clarkson has never been afraid to flirt with her country side.

In 2008, the Texas native sang in an episode of CMT Crossroads with her idol Reba McEntire. In 2010, she collaborated with Jason Aldean for the crossover smash “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” And just this weekend, Clarkson joined her pal Miranda Lambert on stage for a performance of “Gunpowder and Lead.”

Now, though, the original American Idol is officially stepping into the country world with a countrified remix of her single “Mr. Know It All.” Clarkson announced the news on Twitter this morning, writing, “I had a lot of fun recutting the song and getting the opportunity to work with Dann [Huff]!” The song will be available on iTunes on April 3.

Some radio stations have already been spinning the country remix, which I wouldn’t say is actually all that country. Sure it’s got some added twang, but it mostly just feels like a pop song dressed up with mandolins and pedal steel. Still, as country radio continues to embrace a pop sound (and pop radio continues to embrace a dance sound), this could be a wise move. Check out the song below (FYI: It’s unclear if this is the final version of the song):

What do you think of Kelly’s move into country? Are you surprised she’s branching into the country world right after achieving total pop domination with her latest single “Stronger”? Let us know in the comments below.

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