First time was the charm for Kelly Clarkson who coached Brynn Cartelli to victory on season 14 of “The Voice.” She will get a chance to defend her title this fall when she returns to the panel for season 15 of the hit NBC reality competition series. Joining her will be Blake Shelton and Adam Levine — who have been with the show from the start — and another “American Idol” alumni, Jennifer Hudson.
Both women have said that their experiences on “Idol” makes them better mentors than Shelton and Levine. While Clarkson won the first season of “American Idol” in 2002, Hudson finished in seventh place two years later. She proved to be just as unlucky in her debut as a coach on “The Voice” last fall, missing out on a spot in the season 13 final.
That final, won by Chloe Kohanski, marked the sixth victory for Shelton. The country music superstar has the best track record of all 12 coaches on “The Voice” to date. His other winning artists were: Jermaine Paul (season 2), Cassadee Pope (season 3), Danielle Bradbery (season 4), Craig Wayne Boyd (Season 7), Sundance Head (season 11) and Chloe Kohanski (season 13).
Like Shelton, Levine has been a coach for all 14 seasons of “The Voice.” He had to sit on the sidelines for this season’s final, having lost his last artist (Rayshun LaMarr) when the Top 8 was cut in half. That is a far cry from season 1, when he coached Javier Colon to victory. Levine did the same for Tessanne Chin (season 5) and Jordan Smith (season 9).