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Why Kelly Clarkson Doesn’t Want to Judge ‘American Idol’

Kelly Clarkson on 'The Kelly Clarkson Show'Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBCUniversal

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We can cross Kelly Clarkson off the list of potential replacements for Katy Perry on American Idol Season 23. The show’s original winner recently shared why she wouldn’t want to join the show’s judging panel.


Kelly Clarkson Says No to Judging American Idol

Clarkson is no stranger to judging singing competition shows, having served as a coach on The Voice for nine seasons. However, she recently told Entertainment Tonight that she’s not interested in taking a seat at the American Idol judging table next seasons.

“No. No. I can’t do that, only because I promised my kids. I was like, ‘I wanna be there as much as I possibly can,'” Clarkson explained. “And it would put me in L.A., and that’s why I had to quit The Voice, which I love that team. And I miss them so much.”

After filming her talk show in Los Angeles for four seasons, Clarkson made the move to New York City last year. The singer explained that she “wanted a life for us” after her divorce from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.


“And we enjoy the park every day and we enjoy each other,” Clarkson shared. “As a parent — people get this — you only get so much time until they don’t want to hang out with you … That’s the reason [I can’t do Idol]. It’s my kiddos.”

SEE ALSO: KELLY CLARKSON EXPLAINS HER WEIGHT LOSS, ADDRESSES OZEMPIC RUMORS

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Meghan Trainor Is Interested in the Job

One person who is interested in joining the American Idol judging panel is Meghan Trainor, who recently shared her enthusiasm about the possible job while appearing with her husband Daryl Sabara on ET‘s “Spilling the E-Tea” segment.


“There’s nothing I want more in life than to be a judge on American Idol,” Trainor admitted. “That is my ultimate bucket list dream come true. Please, please consider me on your show. Please American Idol! Please! I’m ready. Alright, yeah, I would love to.”

Trainor served as a mentor during the most recent season of the show. Would you like to see her join the judging panel? Do you have any other suggestions for who should replace Katy Perry? Let us know in the comments below.

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