So much for all that Idol chatter.
A few days after rumors surfaced that Kelly Clarkson would be a judge on the revamped version of American Idol, the original winner of has come out and stunned the television universe:
She will, indeed, be a judge on an upcoming season of a beloved, long-time running singing competition.
But it will not be the show that made her famous.
It will be The Voice.
Clarkson made the unexpected announcement on Thursday afternoon alongside Blake Shelton on his Facebook page as part of a live video.
The two artists will joined on season 14 by fellow longtime coach Adam Levine, while a fourth coach will be confirmed at a later date.
“I’m so excited to join The Voice at NBC,” Clarkson said in a statement.
“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.”
Proving she’s ready for the typical weekly trash talk among panelists, Clarkson concluded as follows:
“Watch out Shelton, I’m comin’ to win!”
There’s also been talk, meanwhile, that Jennifer Hudson will come on board The Voice Season 13 as a judge.
Said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, in a statement of his own:
“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.
“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.”
It was announced on Tuesday that ABC has agreed on a deal to revive American Idol.
It will most likely air on Sunday nights next spring, with Ryan Seacrest most likely returning as host.
“American Idol on ABC…that has a nice ring to it,” Disney co-chairman Ben Sherwood said about this move, adding:
“Idol is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC’s lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Watch Clarkson and Shelton have a blast making the big reveal here…
… and then join us in welcoming Clarkson to The Voice!