Sorry, Seacrest: Kelly Clarkson is making a Breakaway from American Idol.
The singer and first Idol winner will serve as a mentor on the next season of The Voice, the New York Post reports. The episode will air in the spring and feature the “Mr. Know It All” songstress giving tips to contestants under Voice coach Blake Shelton’s wings.
Could this mean that Idol is officially square now, eclipsed by newcomers like The Voice and The X Factor?
“The thing I love about The Voice is that they’re more mentors — they’re not judges,” Clarkson said of Idol‘s hotter, younger sister in an interview last September. “I would never really want to be a judge, just because I don’t want to break people’s hearts.”
Added Clarkson, “I so want to audition for The Voice and see if I can get the chairs to turn around!”
While her most recent album Stronger did in fact experience a rise in the charts, it actually dropped in sales — just not as steeply as other albums, likely due to a big promotional push from the Apple iTunes Store.
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