Kelly Clarkson joining 'The Voice' as a coach

ABC Wants Kelly Clarkson To Judge New American Idol

Given the recent news that American Idol, the show that effectively started it all for Cowell in America, is coming back, it'd be a shock to not see him asked.

Other stars to sit on the judging panel during the programme's initial run include Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

The 35-year-old singer was announced as a new judge on the U.S. TV talent show on Thursday night (11May17), in a Facebook Live video with fellow judge Blake Shelton.

Clarkson had been in long-simmering talks about possibly joining "The Voice" for an upcoming season.

"I've been excited about this for a few years now - the timing hasn't been right", she explained. Ever since NBC and I worked together on my Christmas special years ago we have established an incredible relationship and I have always loved coming on to either mentor, or perform on The Voice over the years.

Cowell said that he just didn't feel the show had that same feeling in recent seasons.

We can't wait to tune in!

American Idol and The Voice are reportedly feuding over who gets to determine the winners on each show.

Simon Cowell is "not interested" in returning to "American Idol".

And it follows the news that Jennifer Hudson - who was also on American Idol and finished in seventh place in 2004 - will have chair on this season, which will air in autumn.

Reaction to the return of the show have been mixed as it has only been off the air for just a year.

Kelly Clarkson may have won the inaugural season of American Idol, but her loyalty now apparently lies with a rival reality singing competition, The Voice.

Idol is understandably shook over it, and will be keeping all of its possible judges a big secret for the reboot.

Kelly Clarkson rocked the charts as the inaugural victor of "American Idol" in 2002.

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