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We’re equal opportunity lovers of both “American Idol” and “The Voice” here at Rare Country. Each offers something fun and unique to their viewers, including the celebrity judges, coaches and mentors, but both give us a look at the immense talent pool in the United States. And not only is the contest between the aspiring artists friendly, but the competition between the shows is as well.

Still, it’s been an underlying question for many of us: Why would an “American Idol” alum sign on to participate with “The Voice?”

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Country music’s dearest cousin, Kelly Clarkson, is that “Idol,” and her answer is incredibly honest, thoughtful and heartfelt.

In an interview with “E! News,” Kelly explained that it was the idea of the blind audition, which eliminates any bias toward physical appearance, that lured her into working as a coach on “The Voice.” “It literally does come back to those blinds that really separates everything,” she said. “And it means something to me. I represent those people in this industry. I don’t fit the pop star image, but I am a pop star.”

She went on to say, “This show really does complement my desires for this industry.”

But Kelly also wasn’t short on compliments for her friends, including Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, who are sitting on the panel for the new season of “American Idol.” She said, “I think they’ll do well. I mean, I think artists in general love helping other artists, right? Or the good ones. The ones that aren’t insecure or threatened.”

Kelly also added, “At the core of all of us, we love helping people achieve their dream. That sounds cheesy, but it’s true. We’re all very lucky because we have that opportunity.”

Wow, imagine what the world would look like if more people had that kind and generous attitude of service.

And this all further deepens our love of Kelly.

The 14th season of “The Voice” returns to NBC on Feb. 26. This is Kelly’s first season as a coach, and she’ll join experienced coaches Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Adam Levine. While the real winners are the young singers who are competing for $100,000 and a recording contract, the coaches are also vying for the bragging rights that come with a victory.

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Kelly is feeling pretty confident, but we don’t need to remind her that Blake, who is also her husband’s management client, is going for win No. 7 on the show. The good-hearted and fun-loving Okie is already the show’s most winning judge.

“American Idol” makes it’s ABC network debut on March 11. And when asked if she’ll be watching the reboot of the show that propelled her to stardom, Kelly said she simply doesn’t have the time with four children on her hands.

We’re wishing all of the coaches, judges and mostly those anxious contestants the best of luck in the upcoming season. We’re excited to see all of the great talent on the horizon.

Kelly Clarkson is competing against Blake Shelton on “The Voice” for a very admirable reason E! News
Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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