Kelly Clarkson joining 'The Voice' as coach for 14th season

Jerry O’Connell and Kelly Ripa during the “Live” Halloween specialDisney  ABC Home Entertainment
Jerry O’Connell and Kelly Ripa during the “Live” Halloween specialDisney ABC Home Entertainment
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12 May, 2017

If Kelly is brought as a judge, Idol will also further showcase it's ability to produce singers with chart topping longevity, compared to The Voice, which has yet to produce a star on the same caliber as her or Carrie Underwood.

The choice is interesting because Clarkson was the first victor of American Idol, the show that birthed the singing competition series boom. A fourth judge for Season 14 of The Voice is yet to be announced.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grammy victor Kelly Clarkson is joining the hit singing competition "The Voice" as a coach, but not for another year. 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. "I'm excited, though, that it's coming back". Hudson will team with Levine, Shelton and Miley Cyrus. The Grammy victor has already issued a warning to Blake Shelton, 40, a coach and fellow country musician, besides being one of her friends, that she has plans to beat him. There were rumors that Clarkson was also being approached by Idol as a potential judge, but it seems that Clarkson is taking a more comfortable seat over at NBC.

Equally uncertain is who will sit at the judges' table, which in seasons past included Simon Cowell - who is likely not an option since he now toils for NBC on "America's Got Talent" - Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and, in its final year, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. And Clarkson hasn't done too badly either; she's sold over 25 million albums, racked up three Grammys, gotten married, had two kids, and seems blissfully happy in all her success. Back in 2002, she won the first season of American Idol.

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Clarkson had been in long-simmering talks about possibly joining "The Voice" for an upcoming season. "We are looking forward to the sound of Kelly Clarkson on The Voice".

While sources have told Page Six that "it's been a rough week for Ripa", other sources insist that she's "100 per cent onboard" with Seacrest returning to "Idol".

The 57-year-old, speaking with Extra on Thursday, said that he passed on the opportunity to star on the talent program he was a huge part for more than eight years.


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