Fresh off of a win on The Voice, Kelly Clarkson won’t be returning to the show for its 22nd season. The reality singing competition announced the judging lineup on Sunday (May 15) for the upcoming season and revealed that Gwen Stefani will be returning in place of Ariana Grande, and Clarkson will be replaced by pop superstar Camilla Cabello.
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The “Psychofreak” singer will join Stefani and returning veteran coaches John Legend and Blake Shelton. Kelly Clarkson’s departure came as a surprise as she won four of her eight seasons as coach. But, the American Idol alum hinted that she may be taking the season off during a recent interview with radio host Elvis Duran.
“I turned 40 and you know what I’m giving myself for 40? I literally said ‘no’ to everything this summer. I will not do anything this summer. Since I was 16 years old, I haven’t had a summer off. This is my first summer off. I am taking time,” Clarkson said.
Kelly Clarkson first joined The Voice for it’s 14th season where she scored her first victory with singer Brynn Cartelli. She won the next season with Chevel Shepherd. Jake Hoot gave Team Kelly her third win during the show’s 17th season. Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani alternated wins until season 21 when Team Kelly was victorious once again with sibling trio Girl Named Tom.
While we might not be seeing Kelly Clarkson on the new season of The Voice, fans will still see the singer on her self-titled talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, which recently earned 9 Daytime Emmy Award nominations.
See some of our favorite Kelly Clarkson moments from The Voice in the video below.