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Kelly Clarkson Is Filling One of Those Red Spinning Seats on The Voice

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In a true act of betrayal, Kelly Clarkson signs up to be a coach on The Voice

Kelly Clarkson is returning to the sphere of reality TV music competitions, this time as a coach instead of a contestant. The Grammy Award-winning singer will appear on Season 14 of The Voice, which will air in spring 2018.

Clarkson has appeared on The Voice before, both as an adviser and a performer. In 2015, she sang with Koryn Hawthorne and Meghan Linsey for the Season 8 finale. Last year she sang a duet with Billy Gilman.

The "Since U Been Gone" singer will join country singer Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 member Adam Levine, both longtime coaches, on Season 14. A fourth coach has not yet been announced. The Season 15 coaches, besides Shelton and Levine, are Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson.

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Clarkson told Variety“I’m so excited to join The Voice at NBC. We’ve gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn’t been right until now. I have always loved appearing on the show as an adviser or performer and established an amazing relationship with the network during my Christmas special. I can’t wait to turn my chair and see the faces of up-and-coming artists and provide them with the help and support they’ve needed to break into the industry. Watch out, Shelton, I’m comin’ to win!!”

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Of course, Clarkson is no stranger to reality television singing shows. The chart-topper got her start on the very first season of American Idol in 2002, when she won a recording contract, not to mention millions of fans across the country. She was also a judge for American Idol in 2015 before the show ended on FOX.

Sources say that Clarkson was approached by Idol's new home at ABC to participate with the show's return, but Clarkson turned down the offer to work with The Voice. While the schedule is not yet in place, the two singing competition shows might go head-to-head on Sunday nights.

More: The Voice Winners: Where Are They Now?

Are you going to tune into The Voice or American Idol — or watch them both?

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