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‘American Idol’ is returning, but Kelly Clarkson and Simon Cowell are not

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American Idol is returning from the dead, but its top dawgs, Kelly Clarkson and Simon Cowell aren’t coming along for the ride.

While there was originally some speculation that Clarkson, the OG Idol, would be brought onboard the show’s 16th season, Clarkson will not be returning to her reality show roots to judge right away. In fact, Variety reported on Thursday that the singer will be joining NBC’s The Voice as a Season 14 coach. The ultimate betrayal.

And in case that didn’t sting enough, Simon Cowell — one of Idol’s original three judges — says we can count him out for the revival, too.

Clarkson’s season of The Voice is set to premiere in February 2018, which means she could very well be going into a head-to-head ratings battle with Idol’s expected March 2018 debut.

“I’m so excited to join,” Clarkson told Variety. “We’ve gone back and…

EXCLUSIVE: Harry Connick Jr. Weighs in on Kelly Clarkson Joining ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol’ Reboot News

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Kelly Clarkson is coming to The Voice as a coach for Season 14, and former American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr. has nothing but support for the decision.

“She’s amazing. I remember when I did something with her on American Idol she was so great,” the singer and talk show host told ET’s Jennifer Peros at the premiere of the HBO original movie Wizard of Lies at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Thursday.

“She’s like, the perfect person to judge on a show like that,” Connick Jr. explained. “Because she knows both sides — what it’s like to have hits and…

Kelly Clarkson Tapped As ‘The Voice’ Season 14 Judge Amid Rumors She Will Return To ‘American Idol’

Kelly Clarkson will not be joining “American Idol” as judge because the singer will be heading to NBC’s “The Voice” Season 14.

According to Variety, Clarkson will be joining resident judges Blake Shelton and Adam Levine in Season 14. However, a fourth judge has yet to be named by the network. “The Voice” is currently on its 12th season, and Clarkson’s fellow “American Idol” contestant, Jennifer Hudson, will act as judge in Season 13, and she will be joining Season 11 judge Miley Cyrus.

Read: Kelly Clarkson rumored to act as judge in “American Idol”

The publication revealed that the producers of “The Voice” have been urging Clarkson to join the reality TV show, but she has never said yes due to conflicts in her schedule. Clarkson herself has expressed her desire to be part of “The Voice,” and she’s not new to the concept of the show because she was also a product of a singing reality TV competition several years ago. Clarkson and Shelton are both represented by Narvel Blackstock’s Starstruck Entertainment.

Following NBC’s announcement, Clarkson released a statement expressing her excitement over her upcoming venture on television. “I’m so excited to join ‘The Voice’ on NBC. We’ve gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn’t been right until now. I have always loved…

Kelly Clarkson Eyed By ABC to Become ‘American Idol’ Judge

Kelly Clarkson is shaping up to be ABC’s first choice for judge on “American Idol” — she’s already clearing her schedule to start filming for auditions … TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … ABC has expressed “serious interest’ in Clarkson, who won Season 1 of the OG show.

On Kelly’s side, we’re told she’s not only interested, but people on her team are already looking to clear…