Kelly Clarkson to mentor on The Voice

First the important bit, and a new reason to pay attention to The Voice:

The singer and first Idol winner will serve as a mentor on the next season of The Voice, the New York Post reports. The episode will air in the spring and feature the “Mr. Know It All” songstress giving tips to contestants underVoice coach Blake Shelton’s wings.

Could this mean that Idol is officially square now, eclipsed by newcomers like The Voiceand The X Factor?

“The thing I love about The Voice is that they’re more mentors — they’re not judges,” Clarkson said of Idol‘s hotter, younger sister in an interview last September. “I would never really want to be a judge, just because I don’t want to break people’s hearts.”

I said originally I wanted to see the “mentor/judges” cycle out after every season to keep the show fresh. I hope this is a step towards a format that includes that.

But the thing that caught my attention was Billboard’s stake on whether or not endorsing Ron Paul had a damn thing to do with her sales surge.

Elsewhere, Billboard reports that the Ron Paul bump that supposedly lifted Clarkson’s sales ended up being a bit of a hoax.

While her most recent album Stronger did in fact experience a rise in the charts, it actually dropped in sales — just not as steeply as other albums, likely due to a big promotional push from the Apple iTunes Store.

Told You So!

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