Kelly Clarkson knows her priorities. As such, the American-Idol-winner-turned-popstar recently announced that she would not be joining the show that first made her famous. Why? Her children.
ABC decided to take on American Idol after its cancellation from Fox. Producers decided to revamp the show and knew exactly who to recruit as a judge.
Clarkson, of course.
It makes sense.
She did, after all, win Idol in 2002–the very first year it aired.
But there was a slight hitch in that giddy-up. Clarkson had already signed on to be a coach for The Voice in 2018.
She considered the offer. But the star had to say no.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she discussed that it comes down to priorities–namely, her children.
“We’re used to The Voice schedule, we already have to work around it because of our family,” said Clarkson, whose manager and husband Brandon Blackstock also manages Blake Shelton, another Voice coach.
“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.”
That didn’t mean she wasn’t a bit sad about it. “But my thing is, I was kind of bummed too when [Idol] came to me,” she said. “I hope it’s super successful.”
The three-time Grammy winner also shared her excitement about her new gig! She’ll be joining fellow American Idol alumna Jennifer Hudson.
“I love her,” Clarkson gushed. “I love, first of all, just the confidence that she has, and I had so much fun with her.”
Further, she recognized that having been on such a show gives you an advantage.
“I think there is a difference being one of the contestants previously on a show like this,” Clarkson observed. “I think that does carry weight.”
In addition to her new job as a coach, she continues to release new material. Her most recent project was the release of her new album, Meaning of Life, out Oct. 27.
“This album is literally the chapter of my life, that is, I’m blessed, man,” Clarkson said. “I love my life and it definitely bleeds through this album.”
That love shows!