‘Idol’ Alums Jennifer Hudson & Kelly Clarkson Joining ‘The Voice’ as Judges

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American Idol may be returning on ABC, but it will have to do it without two of their most famous alums.

Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson were both announced to become judges on NBC’s The Voice.

Hudson will get a judge’s chair on season 13, while Idol’s first winner Clarkson will get her chair on season 14.



Oscar-winner Jennifer will be joining Miley Cyrus and regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Hudson earlier this year served as a winning coach on the U.K. edition of “The Voice.”

“Jennifer is an extraordinary vocal talent and one of the premier voices of our time. She embodies the experience, expertise, positivity and sheer talent that “The Voice” stands for,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of NBC’s alternative and reality group. “Her exceptional skills as a singer and actress have extended to film, television and Broadway, which makes her an incredible addition and a natural fit for our show.”

She got her start as a contestant on “American Idol” in 2004. Just three years later she won an Oscar for her supporting role in “Dreamgirls.”

Hudson received accolades with her show-stopping performance in the “Hairspray Live” musical on NBC in December.

She’s also just coming off a stint on Broadway in the musical “The Color Purple.”


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Kelly Clarkson, who broke her news on a Facebook live with Blake Shelton, has previously appeared on the show as an adviser and also performed.

“We’ve gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn’t been right until now,” Clarkson said in a statement. “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.”


Levine and Shelton will also join Clarkson in the spring edition of the singing competition.

Clarkson added: “Watch out Shelton, I’m comin’ to win!!”

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