Production of Season 15 of The Voice begins this week, and there are already reports of trouble on the set. Inside sources claim that returning judge Jennifer Hudson is not a fan of last season’s winning coach, Kelly Clarkson, and she is determined to beat her.
Inside sources say that Hudson is making rehearsals an absolute nightmare for Clarkson because she won the first season of American Idol, and Hudson lost during her season. Since then, Hudson has apparently “had it out” for Clarkson.
“She is telling everyone who will listen that she may have lost Idol, but she is not going to lose The Voice,” says the on-set source.
When Hudson was a coach during Season 13, she created a lot of drama behind the scenes, and fans didn’t enjoy the diva’s on-camera antics, including throwing shoes at contestants. But Clarkson, whose is just coming off her rookie season as a coach, gained a huge new fan base because she was so popular with viewers.
The insider says that the show’s other two coaches, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, are on “Team Kelly,” and Hudson is aware of this. But she hasn’t changed, and she came back to The Voice specifically to create drama — and that is what she is doing.
NBC possibly brought Hudson back because the show’s ratings dropped last season and they believe the dynamic between her and Clarkson might help the show rebound. The numbers went down on both Monday and Tuesday nights last season, with a 15 percent drop in the 18 to 49 demographic, and a 6.5 percent drop in overall viewership.
In addition to the drama between Hudson and Clarkson, fans will also get another chance to see Shelton and Levine bicker back-and-forth, and of course, some more insane vocals from contestants.
Based on the show’s history, Season 15 will most likely premiere next month because their last seven fall premieres have happened in September. NBC has not yet announced which Monday will be the show’s exact premiere date.
During the last six seasons, the show has begun on either the third or fourth Monday of the month, which means it will probably be either September 17th or September 24th.
Back in season two, the series started a bit earlier in the month, but September 24th is the most likely candidate for The Voice’s premiere date.
Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson have not commented on the feud rumors.