Even Kelly Clarkson isn't here for American Idol's return.
It's been an interesting week for the reality television singing competition. First, Ryan Seacrest semi-announced the news it would make a comeback despite it coming to a close just last year.
Then TMZ reported Clarkson was so open to the idea of its renewal, she began clearing her schedule to become a reoccurring judge upon its return.
Looks like they got their wires crossed, because Variety confirms Clarkson will indeed become a judge, but on the fourteenth season of The Voice.
On Wednesday, it was revealed Jennifer Hudson would be a judge on the upcoming thirteenth season alongside Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
Clarkson had been approached in recent weeks to join “American Idol” as judge for its upcoming relaunch on ABC. The deal with “The Voice” scuttles any possible return to “Idol” for Clarkson, who was the winner of the talent competition’s first season in 2002 and appeared as a guest judge during the show’s 15th and final season on Fox.
With season 14 of “The Voice” set to premiere in February, Clarkson will likely be spinning her chair at NBC at the same time that ABC’s “Idol,” expected to debut in March, is getting off the ground. The two shows could even find themselves going head-to-head. ABC has committed to roughly 40 hours of “Idol,” making it highly likely that the show will air two nights a week, as it did on Fox. According to sources, ABC is eyeing Sunday as one of those nights. The end of the spring cycle of “The Bachelor” in mid-March would open up Monday evenings for an hour-long weekly “Idol” results show. There it could face NBC’s regular 8-10 p.m. episode of “The Voice.”
A huge win for Kelly, and a sting for Idol. Does anyone want this show to return besides maybe Ryan Seacrest?