Now in its 14th season, NBC’s reality TV show “The Voice” has kept fans engaged over the years by constantly switching up its judging panel. The last two cycles have even featured a pair artists who got their start as contestants on “American Idol”: Kelly Clarkson, who won the inaugural season of “Idol” in 2002, and Jennifer Hudson, who came in seventh place back in 2004. Which of the two “American Idol” alums makes the better “The Voice” coach? Our readers have responded, and the poll results aren’t even close.
Current Season 14 coach Clarkson won our poll with 65% of the vote, compared to only 35% support for Hudson. As this is only Clarkson’s first season there’s no telling how she might ultimately perform as a coach, but fans have already seen her in action as a mentor. Just last season Clarkson served as a key advisor to all of the coach’s artists. She also helped mentor Blake Shelton‘s team (along with Miranda Lambert) way back in Season 2.
Before joining the American version of “The Voice” in Season 13, Hudson was a judge on “The Voice U.K.” where she ended up being the winning coach to artist Mo Adeniran. She didn’t have the same luck on the U.S. edition, as Hudson’s entire team was eliminated before any of them made it to the season finale. While most people know Hudson for her music, she also won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her debut film performance in “Dreamgirls” (2006).
Heading into next week’s battle rounds, Clarkson’s team of 12 artists consists of Teana Boston, Alexa Cappelli, Brynn Cartelli, Jorge Eduardo, Jackie Foster, Hannah Goebel, Dylan Hartigan, Jamella, Justin Kilgore, D.R. King, Amber Sauer and Molly Stevens. Might one of these artists be the winner of “The Voice” Season 14?