The Voice's Newest Coach Is An American Idol Vet

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NBC's The Voice is getting things set up for Season 14 and they just nabbed a big new coach in one well-known American Idol veteran. Amid a lot of talk that this popular singer might be heading to the judge's table at the revived American Idol over on ABC, it instead looks like Kelly Clarkson is all-in on lending her expertise to up and coming singers on The Voice next season.

News broke today that Kelly Clarkson would, in fact, be heading to The Voice in a couple of seasons as one of the four coaches on the talent competition. She'll join long-time coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, while a fourth coach for Season 14, set to air in the spring of 2018, has yet to be named. Viewers of the show will know that Clarkson has popped up on the program over the years as both a performer and an advisor to friend Shelton's team, where she helped the performers prepare for their televised renditions of popular songs.

With American Idol hitting the airwaves again, it seemed like a given that the show would be able to nab Kelly Clarkson as a judge, if she were willing to take part in any singing competition on a regular basis. The pop powerhouse, of course, won the very first outing of that show back in 2002, and rode her win to a massive career that's seen her record seven studio albums, of which she's sold over 25 million copies, while scoring 100 number ones on the Billboard charts and winning 57 awards from organizations like the Grammys, American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards.

Along with all of her accolades in the music business, Clarkson's appearance on Season 1 of American Idol helped solidify the popularity of talent, and especially, singing competitions on television. Idol was the first major singing competition of this era of TV; millions watched her walk away with the top prize in 2002, and they went on to help the show remain loved enough to stick around for 15 seasons on Fox.

According to TVLine, Clarkson released a statement about her new gig and admitted that she and producers of The Voice have been trying to work out a deal that would see her coach her own team on the series for years, but the timing had never been right before. She also mentioned that she has a good relationship with the show from her guest appearances, and with NBC in general after working on her Christmas special there.

Well, there are a lot of people who I'm sure will be super excited to watch Kelly Clarkson guide new performers on The Voice in Season 14. While we're all waiting for her to make her coaching debut on the show, you can check out our summer premiere schedule and Netflix premiere guide to see what else you can catch on the small screen in the coming weeks.

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