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Why Did Kelly Clarkson Choose ‘The Voice’ Over ‘American Idol’?

Jack Tomas

Jack Tomas

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You can argue the point but I think it’s clear that Kelly Clarkson may be the biggest star ever to come out of a talent competition show. Maybe it’s because she was the first, winning the first season of American Idol back in the day. There’s no doubt that she’s talented and we are excited to see her as a coach on next season’s The Voice. But the question remains as to why she chose The Voice over American Idol‘s reboot?

What could be a more logical choice than for Kelly to return to the stage that launched her career? She’s great as a guest mentor on The Voice but American Idol and Kelly go together like Adam Levine’s hair and too much gel. The simple answer is that The Voice asked first. She told Ellen Degeneres,


“Here’s the thing, let’s keep it real. I thought (‘Idol’) was ending,” then the producers said they’d bring it back, “But I thought, ‘When? In five or 10 years. I didn’t know. But I didn’t know they meant the next year. I had already been in talks with ‘The Voice.’ I’ve been a part of ‘The Voice’ team because my husband (Brandon Blackstock) manages Blake Shelton, and I’ve been on the show a lot. And I gave (‘Idol’) 15 years, I was there every season.”

It makes sense that it would work out this way, if you think about it. The Voice was already currently on the air and American Idol’s reboot was in the works and I can tell you from experience that shows fall through all the time before they premiere. I think Kelly made the right decision. At any rate, since American Idol spent all its money on Katy Perry they would have paid Kelly in Pizza Hut gift certificates.

 

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