Will ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ Be a Replica of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show?’

Kelly Clarkson — the country-singing girl with dreams of stardom and a prosperous career in music — walked on to American Idol, and in the same instant, catalyzed her journey to becoming one of today’s most successful talent competition winners and famous contemporary artists. She’s even landed her own show, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Kelly Clarkson represents the minority when it comes to talent competitions; alongside the likes of Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Adam Lambert, she managed to keep the momentum going. How many people can name more than three or four contestants who won The Voice, and how many songs do you know by said artists? 

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Kelly Clarkson | Photo by Jared Siskin/Getty Images for Warner Music Group

Kelly Clarkson stands on a pedestal all her own — coaching The Voice, and now starting a talk-show. However, has the singer and The Voice coach taken one step too far? Is her show bound for success, or will it bring in a crowd just to lose its viewers overnight? Let’s analyze what we know about the show, and determine whether it will be just another Ellen-like daytime talk-show without a shtick all its own. 

What we know about ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’

Kelly Clarkson has been promoting her new show with funny clips on social media — during which she informed fans that the first guest will be none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. However, beyond a few promotional stints, she has not given away too much regarding the show premiering September 9, 2019

Based on her videos, as well as information circling the internet, here’s what we know about how the show will go. The Kelly Clarkson Show will operate within the “safe” territories akin to daytime talk-shows, following a specific formula that has proven foolproof for the likes of Ellen Degeneres. CountryLiving explained the new show, stating: 

Kelly’s new project, which will be produced in Los Angeles, is set to be a combination of interviews and musical performances involving both celebrities and everyday people. The Instagram for The Kelly Clarkson Show promises the hour-long segment will be “full of celebs and people from all over with amazing stories, fun and games with the studio audience, and, of course, music.

When you read this description, it seems that Clarkson has taken a page from Ellen’s playbook. Who else plays games with the audience? Who else conducts interviews and brings on celebrities, as well as “everyday people” to tell their stories? Will Kelly Clarkson be bringing on some adorable children as well?

Based on the above description, we can assume that the show will operate within confines that limit its ingenuity. However, does Kelly have one realm that could make her show different? 

How could ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ find its own unique voice (pun intended)? 

Kelly Clarkson did explain that there will be a little music in each episode. If she uses music as her signature, separating factor, she may manage to avoid feeling like just another comedy-infused daytime program.

Clarkson also mentioned the importance of bringing people together in such divisive times; however, will she be willing to confront the difficult subject matters head-on, or will she focus on putting smiles on people’s faces? Making people happy isn’t a bad way to operate, but it’s been an over-saturated market for quite some time.

Could Kelly Clarkson bring on some undiscovered talent? Wait. Ellen does that too. Could Kelly Clarkson perform some duets with other famous singers? She does that on The Voice.  Music may be the key, but what will be the angle? 

Hopefully, those behind The Kelly Clarkson Show have a plan that has not been made clear across social media and digital publications; otherwise, it may just fail to leave a unique and significant impact.