With the American Idol reboot hitting television screens this year, many people assumed that the show's original champion, Kelly Clarkson, would have a hand in the proceedings. Instead, Clarkson is set to appear on rival competition show The Voice, a decision she said was based on The Voice's blind audition process.
The 35-year-old told reporters during NBC's winter press day on Tuesday that her position as a coach on the show has been in the works for years.
Clarkson explained that one of the things that drew her to The Voice was its blind auditions, in which the coaches listen to contestants with their backs turned, judging them on their voices alone and completely ignoring appearances.
"It literally does come back to those blinds that really separates everything," the star said, via E! News. "And it means something to me. I represent those people in this industry. I don't fit the pop star image. But I am a pop star."
"This show really does
Despite her decision, Clarkson had nothing but nice things to say about new Idol judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
"I think they'll do well," she said. "I mean, I think artists in general love helping other artists, right? Or the good ones. The ones that aren't insecure or threatened."
“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,” said Clarkson. “That’s my favorite part of the show. It is interesting to make it about talent first. That’s why I love this show.”
Clarkson will sit in a red chair alongside coaches Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton
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