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Kelly Clarkson Joins ‘The Voice’ As Coach For 2018

Kelly Clarkson is not joining the reboot of “American Idol” next year on ABC. Instead, she has joined “The Voice” Season 14 on NBC as one of the coaches.

ABC was hoping to land Kelly, who won the first season of “Idol,” to relaunch the franchise in March 18, but Kelly’s ties to “The Voice” over the years proved to be stronger. Kelly will be seated in one of “The Voice” coach’s chairs with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in Spring 2018. A fourth coach for Season 14 has not been announced.

Variety first reported the news on Thursday:

“I’m so excited to join ‘The Voice’ at NBC,” Clarkson said. “We’ve gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn’t been right until now. I have always loved appearing on the show as an adviser or performer and established an amazing relationship with the network during my Christmas special. I can’t wait to turn my chair and see the faces of up-and-coming artists and provide them with the help and support they’ve needed to break into the industry. Watch out Shelton, I’m comin’ to win!!”

“Kelly has been a part of ‘The Voice’ family for many years as an adviser and performer. We are thrilled she has chosen to join us as a coach to mentor the next generation through our unique vocal boot camp,” said Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and reality group, NBC Entertainment. “Every time Kelly Clarkson sings you are reminded what an incredible voice really is. We are looking forward to the sound of Kelly Clarkson on ‘The Voice.’”

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