Where’s Kelly Clarkson?
The three-time champion was missing in action on “The Voice” Monday as the NBC singing competition shifts into the first Battle Round of the season.
“She’s on a beach in Hawaii right now,” John Legend guessed. Nick Jonas speculated that Clarkson is “probably on her talk show,” referring to “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
Turns out, Clarkson was under the weather.
“Unfortunately our own Kelly Clarkson wasn’t feeling well this week, and while she didn’t test positive for Covid, as you can imagine we have some really strict guidelines on our set,” host Carson Daly announced at the top of the episode. “Kelly is staying at home, where she’s watching the battles remotely. She’s going to be checking in on you.”
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Filling in for Kelly is her number one fan, Kelsea Ballerini, who previously served as an advisor and fifth coach for “Comeback Stage” contestants on “The Voice.”
“I’m such a fan of Kelly’s. I’m actually in her fan club,” Ballerini said. “I was her advisor a couple years on this show, so I feel like we’re kind of kindred and I know what she likes. Just pretend I’m Kelly.”
Clarkson also offered Ballerini some key ground rules: “If I can give you any advice, don’t trust Blake.”
Ballerini got right to business overseeing her first battle, which happened to be one of the “toughest fought battles.” She joked, “Way to throw…