'The Voice' judges Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson fangirl over each other in a new promo video for the upcoming season
Kelly and Jennifer both started off as contestants on American Idol, which Kelly herself pointed out in the video.
Looks like their seat isn't the only thing that Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson have in common on this season of 'The Voice'. The two NBC reality show coaches had gotten their start as 'American Idol' competitors and didn't shy away from gushing and discussing the topic on a new promo for the season premiere of the show, which is scheduled to air on Monday, September 24.
It began with Kelly telling her fellow coach that she still thinks it's 'crazy' how they started out 'literally the same way.' To that, Jennifer admitted watching Kelly win the ABC series' first season back in 2002. In Jennifer's case, she went on to make the Top 7 in the third season of the show but eventually lost out to Fantasia Barrino. "You were my inspiration," she told Kelly. "And to think I did not win and to be able to sit here with you — "
But Kelly had her own positive insights to share about Jennifer's track record, cutting her off to say: “I think you won in life, yeah. I think that’s what matters." Jennifer - who seemed pretty honored by the statement - also admitted that it was after watching Kelly sing on TV, that her mother insisted she audition for the show. "And when you won, I was like on my knee, like oh my God. I was crying with you," Jennifer said.
Kelly, whose first season as a coach on the show ended with a staunch win through Brynn Cartelli, shared with Jennifer some poignant advice that she usually imparts to her singers. "I always say to my team on this show, 'It's what you do with that opportunity. We were both given an opportunity and a door, and I feel like everyone's given that in their career regardless of how you come in it."
Jennifer, who appeared on the 13th season of the show, responded saying: “Oh my God, I always say, 'If you give me the opportunity, I will make it work.' We are the same.” Kelly, speaking about the added 'bonus' they get from being judges with a reality TV background - which Jennifer believes is 'an extra cushion' - told her fellow coach: "I know you're nervous; I know this means everything to you; I know this is life changing for you."
She added: “And I think they see you and me, people who have been in the same position as them, almost as a light at the end of the tunnel. It's like possibility, because a lot of people are on shows like this and not everybody makes it. It’s nice to be that light at the end of the tunnel saying, 'You can do this, man'."
Jennifer herself added: “It's a matter of what you take and do with your opportunity. So, it's like an inspiration all around to say, 'Look at Kelly Clarkson, you can be the winner and succeed in that,' because not everyone who wins succeeds. There's very few Kelly Clarksons walking around.” To which, Kelly chimed in, saying: And no one who wins, wins Oscars, but just J Hud.”