Kelly Clarkson heading to 'The Voice,' contradicting reports of 'Idol' return

Kelly Clarkson performing her new single, 'Invincible', on 'This Morning'. Broadcast on ITV1 HD. (Supplied by WENN)

Kelly Clarkson has stunned fans by signing up as a coach on America's "The Voice" just days after she became a frontrunner to land a leading role on the revamped "American Idol."

The singer, who won the first season of Idol and has become the show's most successful former contestant, was tipped to become a judge when the show returned to TV later this year, but now she has signed for the talent program's rival.

Clarkson will join longtime coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for season 14 of The Voice when it premieres in the U.S. next year. A fourth member of the team has yet to be announced.

The news comes a day after Jennifer Hudson confirmed she would be coaching on season 13 of the show later this year, alongside Levine, Shelton and Miley Cyrus.

Jennifer and Miley will be replacing Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani, who are stepping down as coaches after the current 12th season of the hit show.

Hudson recently became the winning coach on the U.K. version of the show.

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