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Does Kelly Clarkson have coronavirus? 'The Voice' fans wonder after she misses first battle round in Season 20

Kelly Clarkson's decision to pit Ryleigh Modig and Gean Garcia against each other was questioned by other judges
UPDATED MAR 30, 2021
Kelly Clarkson is a judge in 'The Voice' Season 20 (NBC)
Kelly Clarkson is a judge in 'The Voice' Season 20 (NBC)

‘The Voice’ host Carson Daly began the show by addressing where judge Kelly Clarkson was and more importantly how she is health-wise. Fans of the show have been aware over the past week that country singer Kelsea Ballerini would be standing in for Kelly as she was unwell.

As we are amid a pandemic, of course, the question of Kelly being Covid-19 positive was not far from viewers' minds. Daly, however, soon cleared that up, saying Kelly has not tested Covid positive and that they are taking extreme safety precautions on ‘The Voice’ set. Kelsea had something of a trial by fire for her first battle round, with two phenomenal talents Gean Garcia and Ryleigh Modig. The other judges couldn’t believe that Kelly pitched these two talents together. Blake as usual had a cheeky take saying the real reason Kelly wasn’t on the show had nothing to do with sickness, she just didn’t want to choose between Gean and Ryleigh. Kelsea clearly found this decision so nerve-wracking that she had to call Kelly. 


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Kelly Clarkson missed the first battle round on 'The Voice' (Getty Images)

The other judges said they didn’t know you could call a friend. When Kelsea was speaking to Kelly, Blake joked about Kelly's absence and said to him she sounded just fine as she seemed like she’s on a beach. Coming back to the show's focus, finally, the decision was made in Ryleigh’s favor but Gean was not left out in the cold. He was stolen by John Legend, though Nick Jonas put up quite a fight for him. Legend, in fact,seemed very remorseful as he admitted that he never turned for either Ryleigh or Gean and he’s starting to question himself as a human.

It seems that Kelly did have a method to her madness, in choosing Gean and Ryleigh. Let’s hope we see Kelly back in her seat fit to fight it out with frenemy Blake. You can catch new episodes of 'The Voice' on Mondays at 8/7 c on NBC.