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Here's Why Kelly Clarkson Chose 'The Voice' Instead Of The 'American Idol' Revival


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Kelly Clarkson is such a big fan of The Voice that she completely missed the chance to come home to American Idol.

This year, the singer from Tennessee is coming back to reality singing competitions, but not as a judge on the show that gave her big break. The 35-year-old has been included on the roster of coaches on NBC's The Voice.

Clarkson joins Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine on the revolving seats. Filming has already started on the 14th season of the reality series.

From Hopeful To Coach

In a new interview, the singer-songwriter revealed the one reason why she decided to join The Voice: she is a fan of the show's format. For years, she said she has been trying to be on the show, but her pregnancies forbid her from working.

"It literally does come back to those blinds that really separates everything. And it means something to me. I represent those people in this industry. I don't fit the pop star image," she told Us Weekly. "This show really does complement my desires for this industry."

After a brief hiatus, American Idol will also be back this year with an entirely new panel of judges. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie will be tasked to find the next big name in the music industry. Ryan Seacrest will return as the host.

Clarkson is confident that the show's big television comeback will be a success.

"I think they'll do well," she stated. "I mean, I think artists in general love helping other artists, right? Or the good ones. The ones that aren't insecure or threatened."

The Voice Season 14 premieres on Feb. 26, Monday, at 8 p.m. on NBC. Meanwhile, American Idol returns on March 11 on ABC.

Parenting Controversy

Clarkson's return to the spotlight entails getting scrutinized for every aspect of her life including her family. The "Breakaway" singer is currently under fire from social media users after she revealed that she spanks her kids.

"I don't mean hitting her hard," the Grammy Award-winning singer shared to 98.9 The Buzz. "I just mean a spanking."

She also said that her parents spanked her as a kid, and she turned out well. Moreover, she insisted that she is already seeing the result of the corporal punishment. Her 3-year-old daughter, River Rose, has learned her lesson and stopped doing things that her mother told her not to do.


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