Following the announcement of Jennifer Hudson as one of the coaches in season 13 of The Voice, E! News confirmed that Kelly Clarkson, the first Idol winner, has signed on for a spin in those iconic red chairs for season 14. This is surprising considering Clarkson’s name being in the list of rumored judges for ABC’s upcoming revival of American Idol, which is due to premiere also at the same time.
Clarkson will join Blake Shelton and Adam Levine in season 14, airing in the spring of 2018, NBC announced on Thursday. The fourth coach will be revealed at a later date.
“I’m so excited to join The Voice at NBC,” said Clarkson in a statement. “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. 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 the President of Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, Paul Telegdy. “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.”
Earlier this year, when season 12 contestant Stephanie Rice covered her song “Piece By Piece,” Clarkson tweeted about the emotional rendition in real time.
“Can’t. Stop. Crying,” Clarkson wrote on Twitter after the performance. “Her vulnerability and her story ….just wow. Steph, I hope ur parents open their hearts 2 the beautiful person u r!”
The Voice season 12 continues to air on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.