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“A little bit like Simon Cowell”: Kelly Clarkson describes her “Voice” coaching style

Vincent Peters(LOS ANGELES) — Kelly Clarkson rejected an offer from ABC’s American Idol, the show that gave the singer her big break, in favor of being a coach on NBC’s The Voice. But she says she plans to take her coaching style from Idol’s most notorious judge: Simon Cowell.

Speaking to Variety, Kelly says, “I hope I’m a little bit like Simon Cowell. For the most part, I love his honesty. This is not a nice industry. People think I am going to be super nice all the time. I am nice. But I also want to keep it real.”

As for why she chose The Voice over Idol, Kelly reiterates one of her past reasons, and offered a few new ones.

“At the end of the day, I don’t like being separate from my husband [Brandon Blackstock],” she explains, noting that he manages Blake Shelton. “We’re all there [at The Voice],” she says. “For American Idol, you have to travel.”

And, she adds, “It excites me to do something different. I’m not going to lie: I’m stoked about pushing the red button.”

Yet another reason she went with The Voice, though, is the fact that on that show, coaches really get to spend time with the contestants on their teams. “On Idol, you can’t really have a relationship [with the contestants],” Clarkson says. “And I, as you can tell, love talking and having relationships!”

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