Kelly Clarkson Gets Real About Joining ‘The Voice’

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Kelly Clarkson is heading to The Voice as a season 14 coach, and although some fans may be wondering why she won’t be judging American Idol now that it’s being rebooted, Clarkson couldn’t be happier to join The Voice family.

On Friday, Clarkson appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and got real about her reasoning for joining the red chair club on The Voice, and it makes total sense.

“Here’s the thing, let’s keep it real. I thought [American Idol] was ending,” Clarkson told the show’s host Ellen DeGeneres when asked about going to The Voice.

American Idol was going off the air, so the “Since U Been Gone” singer wasn’t wrong. She did, however, note that the producers were talking about the American Idol reboot — which is set to begin on ABC in 2018 — when she last appeared on Idol’s then-series finale in 2016, but she didn’t think it would get off the ground so soon.

“But I thought, ‘When? In five or 10 years. I didn’t know. But I didn’t know they meant the next year,” the 35-year-old singer explained. Once the show was officially ordered to series again, she added, “I had already been in talks with The Voice.”

The “Meaning of Life” singer added that she’s wanted to be a part of The Voice for a while, but things kept getting in the way, so she’s happy the stars have finally aligned.

“I’ve been a part of The Voice team because my husband (Brandon Blackstock) manages Blake Shelton, and I’ve been on the show a lot,” Clarkson told DeGeneres. “And I gave [Idol] 15 years… I was there every season.”

Although we will miss seeing Clarkson as a potential judge on the rebooted American Idol, we couldn’t be happier for her to be joining the coaches on The Voice next season!

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