Kelly Clarkson Dishes on Her 'Voice' Strategy & Why She Won't Be Watching the New 'American Idol' (Exclusive)


Kelly Clarkson is ready to make her debut on The Voice!

The 35-year-old songstress is joining the 14th season of the reality singing competition, serving as a coach alongside Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

ET's Leanne Aguilera caught up with the "Since You Been Gone" singer at NBC's Television Critics Association red carpet on Tuesday, where she dished on her strategy for the upcoming season.

"Well two things: One, I try and talk them to death," she explained. "Like, out talk the other coaches, because it's one of my things that I do. I talk a lot. But two, I tried to show them that, obviously, I can navigate a singing competition, because everybody thinks the greatest singer wins but that's not always the case."

"Sometimes, the greatest singers sing their best songs too early in the competition and then they have three more shows or something to do and they kind of can't top that A-game," she continued. "On a competition, you're only as good as your last performance. So it's been very different than making a record. I tried to give that advice to them when they're choosing their coaches. But I did lose quite a bit too, because they've all three won The Voice, so it was a little tough. But I did manage to get an amazing team."

The GRAMMY winner also touched on how scared she was on her first days on The Voice, despite her singing competition experience.

"I was so nervous and Blake was making so much fun of me because I was nervous about it," she revealed. "It's different, you know, even when you're on TV. When you watch, you hear the singer differently than you hear in a room with all that ambiance and everything. So I was nervous that I wasn't gonna turn when I should've turned, or I was gonna turn and thought someone was awesome but then it was like, 'Oh no.' I was really nervous."

Eventually, "after six" blind auditions, Clarkson got the "hang of it," adding that she's "really excited about my team. They're really great and they're all different."

Meanwhile, Clarkson is the first American Idol winner, but she revealed to ET that she won't be watching the new ABC reboot.

"I don't think I will [watch] because I'm watching The Voice and I can only fit so many shows in," Clarkson expressed. "I just feel bad when people are like, 'Have you seen my show?' and I'm like, '[No], I'm so sorry.' It's not that I don't care about it, it's just that legit, like, there's only so much time in the day and I really am about being a present parent."

ET also recently spoke with Clarkson on the Golden Globes red carpet where she told Nancy O'Dell about the "bold and blunt" sexual harassment lessons she's shared with her 16-year-old stepdaughter with husband Brandon Blackstock.

Hear what she had to say in the video below.


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