Kelly Clarkson, with her experience in the musical audition show scene, will be the perfect addition to the esteemed panel of judges on NBC’s The Voice.
The winner of the first season of American Idol will join longtime coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine from the spring 2018 cycle onwards! The fancy fourth chair has yet to be filled for the 14th season, but let’s take things one at a time.
Discussions for Clarkson joining The Voice have stretched out for quite some time, with multiple offers made in the past. Though the pop star has expressed interest in serving as a judge for the show before, up until now she had been unable to accommodate its production cycle into her busy schedule.
ABC had also been eyeing Clarkson to judge on their upcoming American Idol relaunch, but Clarkson will be turning her chair around in February, which unfortunately will overlap with American Idol’s scheduled March debut. The two talent competition shows could possibly butt heads, depending on what time slot ABC is looking to fill.
Despite the incredible career kick-off American Idol has provided for her, Clarkson is undaunted by the possible rivalry between shows and seems to be looking forward to transitioning from featuring to coaching on The Voice.
“I’m so excited to join ‘The Voice’ at NBC,” she said. “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. 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.”
Playful as always, she added, “Watch out Shelton, I’m comin’ to win!!”