Just days after an official announcement was made that the singing competition American Idol would be returning under a new network, rumors began to swirl about one former winner potentially joining the series as a judge. Speculation from all corners of the internets said that the original Idol, Kelly Clarkson, would bring the series full circle and helm the judging panel on their new home network of ABC. That speculation was squashed on Thursday night when Clarkson, along with country musician Blake Shelton, officially announced she would be joining the The Voice as a season 14 coach.
Shelton and Clarkson made the announcement together via Facebook live. Check out their announcement below:
The three-time Grammy winner will be a coach alongside series vets Blake Shelton and Adam Levine with a fourth coach being named at a later date.
In a press release regarding the announcement, Clarkson expressed her excitement for joining the series:
“I’m so excited to join The Voice at NBC. We’ve gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn’t been right until now.”
This will be Clarkson’s first time as full time coach though, she has appeared frequently on the show as a guest mentor and/or performer. Clarkson continued in the press release:
“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!”
Watch out, Blake! Sounds like she means serious business! Clarkson announcement also comes just days after another American Idol alum was announced as a season 13 coach. Jennifer Hudson will be joining the coaching panel along side of Miley Cyrus as well as Shelton and Levine.
So, congrats on the new gig, Kelly! We’re excited to see you beat Team Blake on season 14 of The Voice!
What do you think of Kelly Clarkson joining the coaches on The Voice? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: US Weekly
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