‘The Voice’ Contestant, Alex Guthrie Reveals His Connection to Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson

Sometimes people go on The Voice with no experience in the music industry and make it through. Other times people have worked as backup singers before auditioning.

There is one contestant in season 17 that revealed he had a connection to Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson. Find out how he revealed it and more.

John Legend previously replaced Jennifer Hudson as a coach on ‘The Voice’

Jennifer Hudson previously was a coach on The Voice for season 13 and 15. She then was replaced by John Legend for season 16.

“I’m thrilled to join the coaches of The Voice,” said Legend in a statement according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve been a guest and mentor on the show multiple times, and I’m so excited to discover talented singers and help them make the most of their gift. I hope the world is ready for #TeamJL.”

It seemed like Hudson was going back to working on her own music. She will also be starring in the movie adaptation of Cats.

Alex Guthrie worked with Hudson and Kelly Clarkson

The coaches were dancing in their chairs while Alex Guthrie performed “Love and Happiness.” Clarkson and Stefani eventually turned their chairs for him.

It turns out that he has a connection to multiple coaches. One of them is Jennifer Hudson.

“A few years ago I was cast in an insurance commercial. They didn’t tell me that I was going to be surprised by some huge singer then out of nowhere Jennifer Hudson walks up and starts singing along with me,” Guthrie revealed on the show.

“It was an amazing moment. Jennifer and I became friends through it. She told me to do the show for so long so I’m excited to see how she reacts when she sees me here today,” he continued.

After the coaches turned their chairs, Guthrie shared a fun fact with them. “A year and half ago I got to open up for you in Atlanta,” he told Clarkson. “You and I did not get to meet. Unless the radio host was lying, you told him I had the voice of an angel.”

Guthrie unsurprisingly picked Clarkson over Stefani because of this. We then saw Clarkson talk to Hudson over the phone about him.

“He’s awesome! He’s really soulful and really passionate,” Hudson said. She also told Clarkson to take care of him.

Clarkson has another strong team member

Kelly Clarkson is clapping on 'The Voice'
Kelly Clarkson on ‘The Voice’ | Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Guthrie wasn’t the only team member she had join in the premiere. Clarkson also won over Brennan Lassiter.

Lassiter is a country singer and all of the coaches turned around for her. The contestant impressed the judges with a country version of “You Are My Sunshine.”

Clarkson pleaded to Lassiter to not join Shelton’s team. “All I’m saying is please give us a chance,” she said. “This is me begging for the three of us.”

She went on to remind Lassiter that she previously won with country artist, Chevel Shepherd. Shelton said he felt like he was being “kicked around” by the other coaches. He went on to praise the other coaches before saying they don’t know anything about country music.

Lassiter picked Clarkson in the end. Fans will have to see how far she and Guthrie will go this season.