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Kelly Clarkson explains why she signed on to coach 'The Voice' over judging 'American Idol' revival


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/10/2018 

Kelly Clarkson will star on The Voice for Season 14 as a coach despite American Idol's return in March, but she admits she was also approached to judge the Idol revival.

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"I'm not being, like, egocentric, but I think just a lot of people reach out to me to be a part of singing things, for obvious reasons," Kelly, who won American Idol when the show debuted on Fox in 2002, told Us Weekly. "Just because I was in the first one that everybody kind of watched."

When ABC announced in May 2017 the network had decided to bring American Idol back after a one-year hiatus, reports swirled Kelly was ABC's top choice to sit on the judging panel.

Kelly confessed that Idol producers did ask her to judge but she's always been interested in The Voice's format and concept.

"It literally does come back to those Blind Auditions that really separates everything and it means something to me because I think that's who I represent, those people in this industry," Kelly explained of The Voice.

"I don't fit the pop star image that people expect all the time. But I am a pop star and this is the image that I exude. That's why this show really does complement my desires for this industry."

The 35-year-old "Love So Soft" singer is referring to how coaches on The Voice must commit to an aspiring artist based on the sound of his or her voice alone, before ever seeing the person's physical appearance.

"That literally is the thing that separates The Voice for me... It's a rare opportunity that this show represents that people might not get through on other shows," Kelly told Us. "That's my favorite part of the show. It is interesting to make it about talent first. That's why I love this show."

American Idol, on the other hand, has found pride in finding superstars who are the whole package, which naturally puts a focus on image including beauty, age, size, style and more.

And Kelly can't wait to be a part of jumpstarting someone's career in the music industry through her participation on The Voice next season, which premieres Monday, February 26 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

"I'm so stoked about The Voice for many reasons, but the main one being it's cool to be able to give to other people what was done for me," Kelly said. "I'm excited. We already started filming, it's been so fun."

Kelly will join mainstay coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on the show, as well as veteran coach Alicia Keys. Alicia will be replacing Season 13 coach Jennifer Hudson, who also found fame by competing on a season of American Idol years ago.

"The Voice, literally, it's almost full circle for me how I started singing," Kelly told the magazine. "I started singing opera and everything was behind screen so my whole life, starting in music for years, was literally me having to be perfect behind that screen."

American Idol is going to feature the return of Ryan Seacrest as host in addition to a brand new panel of judges -- Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan -- when the show premieres its sixteenth season March 11 on ABC. 

All previous seasons of Idol aired on Fox, with Season 15 having wrapped in early 2016 with Trent Harmon being crowned champion.



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