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Why Did Kelly Clarkson Not Return for Season 22 of ‘the Voice’?

Busayo Ogunjimi
May 16, 2022
07:40 P.M.

Kelly Clarkson announced her exit from"The Voice" amidst uproar and will be replaced by another judge. Find out the reason she is not returning.


Kelly Clarkson is a sensational singer, author, and TV personality who rose to fame in the maiden season of the popular reality show, "America's Got Talent," in 2002.

Clarkson got a recording deal with RCA as one of the perks of winning in the TV show. She became the first artist to top each of Billboard's pop, adult contemporary, adult pop, and dance charts. In 2019, she hosted her talk show, "The Kelly Clarkson Show."

 Kelly Clarkson at the red carpet of the live premiere of the grand finals of NBC's "American Song Contest" at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 09, 2022 in Universal City, California. | Source: Getty Images

Kelly Clarkson at the red carpet of the live premiere of the grand finals of NBC's "American Song Contest" at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 09, 2022 in Universal City, California. | Source: Getty Images

The musician has further endeared the hearts of fans all over with her role as a voice coach and judge on NBC's "The Voice." She started on the show in its 14th season.

Last season saw her team, a sibling trio, winning on the show, the first time a group won in the show and making it the fourth time Clarkson's team won the trophy!


However, the legendary musician recently revealed that she would not be returning to the show. Via a TikTok video which the official handle of "The Voice" posted on Twitter, it was officially announced that the pop star was bowing out of the show.



Following the big reveal that multi-talented Clarkson will not be returning for season 22, she explained that she was taking time out to redevelop her talk show, "The Kelly Clarkson Show," which she started in 2019.

As Clarkson steps out of the show, a new face will be seen in the 22nd season to join judges Blake Shelton and John Legend and returning judge, Gwen Stefani for the latest episode of "The Voice."


Stefani announced that she would be returning to the show as a coach via a TikTok video. The 52-year-old musician joined the show in 2014, on the seventh episode, as a coach, then later a part-time advisor, and then coach again in 2019.

She has been off and on the competition series as a part advisor and coach a couple of times but she is back as one of the judges this season.



Camilla Cabello will be replacing Clarkson and taking the fourth chair in the new season of "The Voice." She first hit fame as a member of the girl group, Fifth Harmony, and won on "X-Factor," also a singing competition.

The "Cinderella" star and musician is no stranger to "The Voice" as she was once a Battle Round Advisor for Legend's team in the past.

The 25-year-old singer announced via her TikTok page and confirmed that she will join Shelton, Legend, and Stefani on the show.

With Clarkson not on the TV show and Cabello taking her place, fans have mixed feelings, but the show must go on, and fans are looking forward to the new season returning this fall.

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