“American Idol” may be returning to the airwaves next year on ABC, but its first-ever champ, Kelly Clarkson, just inked a deal to be a coach on NBC’s “The Coach.” She will join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who have been with the show since season one, as a mentor to artists on season 14 of the hit show next spring. No word yet on who will be the fourth star on the panel. Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson will work alongside three-time champ Levine and five-time winner Shelton on this fall’s edition.
Clarkson has long been courted by “The Voice” but professional and personal demands kept her from making a deal till now. That this news comes in the same week as that of ABC’s announcement of the return of “Idol” looks like the opening salvo in an on-going skirmish between the two talent shows. Clarkson had been a guest judge on the final season of “Idol” on Fox in 2015.
While “The Voice” is firmly entrenched on Monday and Tuesday evenings on NBC, there is still no word as to when ABC will be scheduling “American Idol.” Should the alphabet net opt for Sunday and Monday evenings, long-time host Ryan Seacrest could well be back at center stage. He is the new co-host of Kelly Ripa’s morning talker, which is based in New York, but with her encouragement he could wing his way west several times a week for “Idol.” Stay tuned.
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