Kelly Clarkson’s Not Joining ‘American Idol’ But She Is Joining ‘The Voice’

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The big rumor was that Kelly Clarkson was in talks to join the American Idol reboot on ABC. Well that was squashed when Blake Shelton announced that Clarkson will be a coach on season 14 of The Voice via Facebook Live on Thursday (May 11, 2017).

In the video, Blake called Kelly “somebody I consider to be family.” Kelly also appeared in the video, jokingly saying that she can now be on the show since she is “finally not knocked up.”

She then showed off some of her awards, including one from the CMAs, bragging that she would also be bringing country to the show. “I can’t wait to beat you. It’s going to be so glorious,” she told Blake, before ending the Live video.

In a statement, Kelly said, “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. 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 will join returning coaches Blake and Adam Levine in the 14th season, which is slated to air in Spring 2018. The fourth coach is yet to be announced.

The winner of American Idol inaugural season follows in the footsteps of fellow Idol alum Jennifer Hudson, who has been earlier announced to serve as a coach for The Voice season 13, along with Blake, Adam and Miley Cyrus.

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