However, Shelton has some powerful friends in his corner for the upcoming second season of the show--including the original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson.
NBC announced on Friday that Clarkson--who is a good friend of Shelton's and shares the same manager--is planning to help Shelton out by mentoring singers he will be coaching on the show. The episode she appears in reportedly will air in late March or April.Kelly Clarkson
"The thing I love about The Voice is that they're more mentors--they're not judges," Clarkson said in an interview last fall. "I would never really want to be a judge, just because I don't want to break people's hearts."
However, she added, "I so want to audition for The Voice and see if I can get the chairs to turn around!"
Shelton will also have his wife, Miranda Lambert, join him as an advisor during the second season of the show. The other celeb advisors announced Friday by the network are Jewel, Lionel Richie, Alanis Morissette, Robin Thicke, Babyface, and Ne-Yo.
Blake SheltonClarkson and Shelton have been especially ardent about their support for each other in the past few weeks. Last month, when the AI star announced her admiration for GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul (and suffered considerable negative fallout as a result), Shelton offered on Twitter to do some "throat punching" on her behalf. Clarkson spent New Year's Eve in Oklahoma with Shelton and Lambert. And, on Thursday, she tweeted "Rehearsing for Saturday Night Live and am thinking how great Blake Shelton would be hosting this show. We should all rally for that! He'd be hilarious!"
Clarkson won the first season of American Idol in 2002, and some eyebrows are being raised that she'd consider appearing on a direct competitor of the hit show--even if it's to help out her pal Blake. What do you think? Be sure to let me know!