News of an American Idol reboot on ABC is only a few days old, and already The Voice — the rival singing show at least partially responsible for Idol’s decline — is stealing Idol’s thunder.
First, it was announced yesterday that Oscar/Grammy/Golden Globe-winner Jennifer Hudson, one of American Idol’s biggest success stories, will be a Season 13 coach on TheVoice this fall. And today, even more jaw-droppingly, comes the bombshell news that the all-time Idol queen, inaugural winner Kelly Clarkson, will be a coach on The Voice Season 14 in spring 2018 — right around the time that American Idol is set to return to the airwaves. As Clarkson and Hudson search for a new singing star on NBC’s The Voice, they may very well be directly competing for ratings with the television show that made them superstars in the first place.
As surprising as this development may seem, Clarkson and Hudson were already honorary members of the extended Voice family, in a way. Both Clarkson and longtime Voice coach Blake Shelton are managed by Starstruck Entertainment, Clarkson has performed on The Voice multiple times, and she was a Team Blake guest adviser in 2012; Hudson was a coach on The Voice U.K. this year, and she won the show.