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Kelly Clarkson Debuts As Coach As ‘The Voice’ Season 14 Blind Auditions Begin


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Kelly Clarkson debuted as coach on "The Voice" on Monday night on NBC. She turned her chair for a handful of contestants and managed to convince some of them to be part of her team.  ( Jared Siskin | Getty Images )

The Voice season 14 has officially started its blind auditions. Kelly Clarkson joined Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Alicia Keys as part of the coaches' panel.

In the blind auditions, all four coaches listened to aspiring members of their respective teams with their backs turned until they push the button.

Blind Auditions

The first contestant is 17-year-old singer Britton Buchanan. All three coaches turned after hearing his rendition of Ray LaMontagne's "Trouble," but Clarkson decided not to do so. Buchanan is now part of Team Alicia.

Clarkson did not have to wait very long to find the first member of her team. Brynn Cartelli, 14, revealed that she is a huge fan of the American Idol winner. She sang Labrinth's "Beneath Your Beautiful," and Clarkson and Shelton turned their chairs for her. Cartelli chose to be part of Clarkson's team.

Rayshun LaMarr is a cancer survivor who lost his voice and hearing in one ear while he was receiving treatment for his illness years ago. He performed "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey, and he got Levine's and Keys' seal of approval. In the end, LaMarr chose to be part of Team Adam.

Just like Cartelli, Kyla Jade is a big Clarkson fan. However, after hearing Shelton's pitch following her "See Saw" performance, she decided to follow her gut and join Team Blake.

Clarkson, Levine, and Keys turned their chairs for Kelsea Johnson who performed "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" by Meghan Trainor. She decided to join Team Alicia. D.R. King, who sung "Believer" by Imagine Dragons joined Team Kelly, while Drew Cole, who sung "Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground joined Team Adam.

Towards the end of the first blind auditions episode, all coaches had more than two members. However, so many things can still change in the coming weeks because there will be battles and knockout rounds before the live shows.

Kelly Clarkson Talks Joining 'The Voice'

In September 2017, Clarkson opened up about her decision to join The Voice and not American Idol. A reboot of the latter will premiere on ABC next month. During her interview, Clarkson said that joining American Idol seems a little too soon because her son is just one year old.

"I want it to be a great experience for my whole family, and that's what I have to think about at this point in my life," she said.

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