Following the announcement that American Idol would return to television on its new home station of ABC, rumors began swirling whether or not the show’s first-ever winner, Kelly Clarkson, would return to the show as a judge.
Days after Idol’s return was announced, news broke Clarkson would make a return to her TV competition roots, however, not on the show that kickstarted her career. Clarkson was cast as a Season 14 judge on NBC’s hit singing competition, The Voice, to air in early 2018. So why’d she choose The Voice over Idol?
Featured as the latest Entertainment Weekly cover story, the 35-year-old singer opened up on why she ultimately chose to be a Voice coach, explaining her family is already acquainted with the show. Clarkson’s husband and manager, Brandon Blackstock, manages veteran coach Blake Shelton, the family often stopping by the set to visit.
“We’re used to ‘The Voice’ schedule, we already have to work around it because of our family,” Clarkson said. “We have four children — that can be very taxing with a schedule. It was just a no-brainer for me with ‘The Voice’ because of that alone. But my thing is, I was kind of bummed too when [‘Idol’] came to me. I hope it’s super successful.”
The singer also revealed that there has been talk of her joining the cast for years now, unable to commit previously due to her pregnancies.
“Would it have been awesome to come back to the show that started me and help give someone that start? Yes!” Clarkson continued. “But that doesn’t mean I can’t do the same thing on ‘The Voice.’ That’s my goal. I want to have someone on my team, whether they win or not, to have a successful career after being on the show.”
So what do you think? Did Clarkson make the right decision? Let us know in the comments!
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