Not So Fast, ‘American Idol’ Reboot: Kelly Clarkson to Join ‘The Voice’ as Coach

Previous reports indicated “Idol” Season 1 winner would judge ABC’s upcoming version

Last Updated: May 11, 2017 @ 3:36 PM

Ouch — that’s gotta sting, “American Idol” reboot.

Kelly Clarkson, the original stateside “Idol,” is joining NBC’s “The Voice” as a coach for Spring 2018’s Season 14. Previous reports stated that the “A Moment Like This” singer would return to her roots and host ABC’s upcoming “American Idol” reboot. Instead, she’s headed to the enemy.

Clarkson will battle Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on her new, unexpected gig. The gang’s fourth coach will be named later.

“I’m so excited to join ‘The Voice’ at NBC,” Clarkson said. “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!!”

“Kelly has been a part of ‘The Voice’ family for many years as an adviser and performer. We are thrilled she has chosen to join us as a coach to mentor the next generation through our unique vocal boot camp,” said Paul Telegdy, president, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Every time Kelly Clarkson sings you are reminded what an incredible voice really is. We are looking forward to the sound of Kelly Clarkson on ‘The Voice.'”

As announced a day ago, Jennifer Hudson — another “Idol” alum — will coach “The Voice” in the fall’s Season 13, alongside Shelton, Levine and Miley Cyrus.

“The Voice” hails from MGM Television, Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. Its Nielsen ratings are currently keeping NBC in first place for the 2016-17 season, a familiar spot for the once-struggling broadcaster.

The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Lee Metzger, Chad Hines, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson and Jay Bienstock.

Variety first reported the news of Clarkson’s casting on “The Voice.”