Kelly Clarkson certainly didn’t suffer from beginner’s nerves as a coach on season 14 of “The Voice” as she mentored Brynn Cartelli to victory. We want to know where you rank this Grammy winner among the dozen music superstars to serve as coaches on this reality competition series. After you cast your ballot in our poll below be sure to sound off with your thoughts on the show in the comments section.
Clarkson was the first winner of “American Idol” and she drew on her experiences on that reality competition series to coach her team on “The Voice.” She was not afraid to express her strong opinions and held her own against both Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, who have been coaches on the show since it began. And she connected with the other woman on the panel, Alicia Keys, who was back in the red chair for a third time, coming off a win in spring 2017.
While Keys won’t be returning in the fall for season 15, the other three will. Joining them as the fourth coach is Jennifer Hudson, who was a coach on season 13. She proved to be unlucky in her debut, just missing out on a place in the final when Noah Mac was the last of the Top 8 to be eliminated. That season marked the sixth win for Shelton as Chloe Kohanksi took the title.
Levine, the Maroon 5 frontman, had the same beginner’s luck as Clarkson. He coached Javier Colon to victory on the first season. While he has won twice more (Tessanne Chin, season 5; Jordan Smith, season 9), this time around he had to sit on the sideline as none of his artists made the final.
Is one of these your favorite coach of all-time? Or do you prefer one of the other original coaches – Christina Aguilera — who had to wait till season 11 before her first and only (to date) win? Other one-time winning coaches were Usher (season 6) and Pharrell Williams (season 8). And don’t forget these four coaches who may never have had the winning contestant but still made the show must see TV: Miley Cyrus, Cee Lo Green, Shakira and Gwen Stefani.