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Why Kelly Clarkson Wants to Be Like Simon Cowell on ‘The Voice'

Why Kelly Clarkson Wants to Be Like Simon Cowell on ‘The Voice'
Art Streiber

Along with gracing the cover of Variety’s new Power of Women Issue, Kelly Clarkson is opening up about her gig on “The Voice.”

While rumors were swirling that she was joining the reboot of “American Idol,” Kelly surprised many by signing on as a coach on “The Voice” for the 14th season. Of the show, Kelly said, "At the end of the day, I don’t like being separate from my husband. Blake [Shelton] is his artist. We’re all there. For ‘American Idol,’ you have to travel. And it excites me to do something different. I’m not going to lie. I’m stoked about pushing the red button.”

Clarkson revealed that she was also attracted to “The Voice” because the coaches have more time to mentor the contestants. As for what kind of coach she wants to be, Kelly commented, "I hope I’m a little bit like Simon Cowell. For the most part, I love his honesty. This is not a nice industry. People think I am going to be super nice all the time. I am nice. But I also want to keep it real.“

Aside from Clarkson, Priyanka Chopra, Michelle Pfeiffer, Octavia Spencer and Patty Jenkins are also getting their own covers for the issue of Variety, which honors women who made a difference to the world with their support of important causes and charities.