Kelly Clarkson’s apparently been waiting a lifetime for a moment like this. Just one day after ‘American Idol’ alum Jennifer Hudson announced she’d be a judge on ‘The Voice,’ Kelly Clarkson also joined NBC’s singing competition.
Kelly Clarkson, the first winner of American Idol is set to join one of her best friends, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine in the Spring 2018 cycle of The Voice. The fourth judge is not yet set for season 14, but Jennifer Hudson and Miley Cyrus will set next to the boys in season 13. “I’m so excited to join The Voice at NBC,” Kelly said in a statement on May 11. “We’ve gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn’t been right until now. I have always loved appearing on the show as an adviser or performer and established an amazing relationship with the network during my Christmas special.
She also shaded Blake, her very close friend, promising to break his winning streak. “I can’t wait to turn my chair and see the faces of up-and-coming artists and provide them with the help and support they’ve needed to break into the industry. Watch out Shelton, I’m comin’ to win!!”
“Kelly has been a part of The Voice family for many years as an adviser and performer. We are thrilled she has chosen to join us as a coach to mentor the next generation through our unique vocal boot camp,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Every time Kelly Clarkson sings you are reminded what an incredible voice really is. We are looking forward to the sound of Kelly Clarkson on The Voice.’”
Of course we have to wonder if Kelly got an offer from ABC’s revival of American Idol, where she won in 2002. Many thought that if she’d be a judge anywhere, it’d be the show that gave her a career. Our sister publication Variety was the first to report the news.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked she didn’t go to Idol?