Original American Idol winner Clarkson joined the show for the current season, and 2004 Idol finalist Hudson returns after serving as a coach during Season 13 last fall. Their teams will square off against those of Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, both of whom have been with the show since its 2011 launch.
“We are so excited to welcome back Kelly and Jennifer, two dynamic forces who bring undeniable soul, passion and inspiration as coaches” said Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Reality Group at NBC Entertainment. “They each have a unique understanding of what it’s like to be in the artists’ shoes.”
Rookie coach Clarkson, who will host the Billboard Music Awards on NBC next week, currently is guiding her performers in The Voice semifinals. Hudson, who was a judge on The Voice UK last year and this year, is starring in MGM’s Aretha Franklin biopic after being handpicked for the role by the Queen of Soul herself.
TV’s No. 1 alternative program for the 2017-18 season, The Voice is a presentation of MGM Television, Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Lee Metzger, Chad Hines, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson and Stijn Bakkers.