Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About Joining “The Voice”

Kelly Clarkson
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Kelly Clarkson is returning to TV — and no, not for the revived American Idol.

In May, it was announced that Clarkson would join the cast of NBC’s The Voice as a coach for the 14th season. Clarkson speaks out about her decision to join the team in her new Entertainment Weekly cover story.

“I want it to be a great experience for my whole family, and that’s what I have to think about at this point in my life,” Clarkson explained, citing that her decision to join The Voice came down to her husband and four kids. Since her husband, Brandon Blackstock, manages Voice coach Blake Shelton, Clarkson was already well acquainted with the set, and visits often with her kids.

“We’re used to the Voice schedule, we already have to work around it because of our family,” Clarkson said. “We have four children — that can be very taxing with a schedule. It was just a no-brainer for me with The Voice because of that alone.”

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This is not a new revelation. Clarkson had been in talks with the show for four years, but couldn’t commit due to her pregnancies. With the lack of shows producing stars with Clarkson’s level of success, she is hoping that she can change contestant’s luck, and propel them to success.

“That’s my goal. I want to have someone on my team, whether they win or not, to have a successful career after being on the show,” Clarkson said. This means teaching them to make the sacrifices necessary for long-term success, and fostering people who want to be singers, not just famous.

“A lot of it falls through the cracks because people make decisions based on what they think will make them famous instead of what will be good for them,” she explained. “I don’t really care about being famous. … I’m not trying to impress anyone. I’m just me, and if you like that, cool. If you don’t, that’s totally cool too.”

With her solid mentality and powerful vocals, she is going to make one great coach, and hopefully coach one of the next best singers of our generation.

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