After sixteen successful seasons on the air, The Voice began season seventeen with the following lineup of coaches: the tried-and-true Blake Shelton, the soft-spoken yet insightful John Legend, Adam Levine’s pop / new wave stand-in Gwen Stefani, and the boisterous Kelly Clarkson.
While some fans have grown tired of Blake Shelton’s arrogance, most fans are able to handle his whole shtick. Not to mention, he has been around since the beginning and, proving most successful compared to any other coach, he has earned the right to boast a bit.
While fans still enjoy watching the show — and the new humorously combative dynamic between Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton — many feel that Clarkson can be a little bit too much, as she often seems to get too excited, talks over other coaches, and comes off as overblown.
What fans have to say about Kelly Clarkson on ‘The Voice’
When reading through forums discussing Kelly Clarkson on The Voice, one trend quickly emerges: many fans feel she is unnecessarily over the top. One fan of The Voice stated:
…Kelly is by far my least favorite coach season after season. She goes way overboard with trying to get artists and her tantrums when she thinks they’re leaning a different way. She just talks way too much and I wish she would take it down.Reddit User
Many others chimed in to concur with the above sentiment, arguing that Kelly Clarkson can be a spotlight stealer, and does not give the other coaches enough time to participate in the criticism. Fans stated the following:
You’re not alone. She does not shut up and keeps talking over the other coaches, even when she didn’t turn.Reddit User
You’re right. I found it at the very beginning in S14, then she got better (I remember people saying that JENNIFER was toto loud when Kelly was right there) but now she is bad again. She keeps trying to be Adam and throw digs at Blake and sometimes no one laughs and it just comes across as awkward and mean lol.Reddit User
While some may feel that Clarkson’s relationship with Blake Shelton on the show work — and keeps the spice akin to Levine and Shelton’s former on-screen dynamic — others argue that her jabs and jokes often fall flat, making moments feel awkward for those present, and those watching from their couches.
One viewer goes as far as to say that they hope enough people complain, forcing NBC to make a change, bringing on a different singer to replace Clarkson down the line. With Nick Jonas set to replace Gwen Stefani in season 18, it’s unlikely that The Voice would choose to swap out two coaches at once. However, if Kelly Clarkson continues to steal the show, the program may lose viewers who simply do not have the patience for what they deem “overblown” antics.
The Voice has been on for a long time, and has seen its fair share of coaches; Clarkson may just need a bit more time to adjust to the show’s flow. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton were there since the beginning; thus, comparing everyone back to them is quite unfair.