Kelly Clarkson, Alanis Morissette and Ne-Yo become advisers on 'The Voice'
Kelly Clarkson is ditching her "American Idol" past to appear as an adviser on NBC's reality singing competition "The Voice."
In addition to Clarkson, Alanis Morissette, Ne-Yo and others will join the celebrity mentors Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee-Lo Green when the series returns, the network announced on Friday.
Each of the mentors chose two advisers to aid them in shaping their contestants in the upcoming season. Aguilera enlisted the help of Jewel and Lionel Richie, while Shelton brought in Clarkson and his wife Miranda Lambert. Levine picked Morissette and Robin Thicke, while Green will have the help of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Ne-Yo.
"These renowned musicians will bring their unique and recognizable musical styles to the teams," President of Late Night and Alternative Programming at NBC Paul Telegdy said in a press release. "They are well-respected singers whose invaluable experience will be a tremendous asset to Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's artists."
The superstar guest advisers are slated to lend their expertise during the battle rounds phase of competition.
Clarkson previously sang the praises of the series, but said she would not want to be a judge.
"The thing I love about The Voice is that they're more mentors - they're not judges. I would never really want to be a judge, just because I don't want to break people's hearts," Clarkson told OK magazine, adding, "I so want to audition for The Voice and see if I can get the chairs to turn around!"
Clarkson recently benefitted from a huge increase in album sales after voicing her support for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
"I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance," Clarkson wrote on her Twitter page on December 28. "If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won't."
Clarkson's declaration angered some of her fans, who responded to the singer's Twitter account with claims that Ron Paul made racist and homophobic remarks in the past. Many of the Tweets referred to a newsletter Paul allegedly wrote over a decade ago.
"I am really sorry if I have offended anyone," Clarkson Tweeted on December 29 after the backlash. "Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women's rights, men's rights, white/black/purple/orange rights."
"I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country," she added. "That is all. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he's my favorite."
Clarkson is one of the most successful "American Idol" contestants and is known for fast pop-rock songs that empower women and would likely appeal to those scorned by lovers, including "Miss Independent," Since U Been Gone" and "Behind Those Hazel Eyes."
In October, Clarkson performed on the ABC reality show "Dancing With The Stars" to promote her fifth studio album "Stronger," (see photos), which was released on October 24.
"The Voice" is set to air after the Super Bowl on February 5 at 10 p.m. ET. The series will then return to its regular time slot the following day, on Monday, February 6 at 8 p.m. ET.