THE Voice’s Kelly Clarkson wasn’t exactly missed as some called for her not to return after her replacement Kelsea Ballerini made her coach debut.
The country singer is stepping in for the mother of two during the battle rounds as she is feeling “under the weather.”
The important battle rounds kicked off on Monday night, however, something was different: someone else was sitting in Kelly’s chair.
And while some took to Twitter to wish the hitmaker a quick recovery, not everyone sent their kinds words as viewers soon got a taste of the new coach.
One person wrote: “So glad you are working in place of Kelly. I hope they keep you and fire Kelly. You are so much better.”
Another added: “I wish Kelsea could stay,” while one chimed in, “it’s so nice not having Kelly there.”
The comments kept coming, as one wrote: “Think Kelly’s absence makes somehow makes the show more interesting.”
One fan added: “I think Kelsea should become the next coach when next season starts. Love her.”
Tonight’s episode kicked off with host Carson Daly informing viewers that, “unforunately Kelly was not feeling well this week, and while she did not test positive for Covid, as you can imagine we have some very strict guidelines on our set.”
Kelsea then said: “This is incredible, I’m such a fan of Kelly…I feel we’re kind of kindred, and I know what she likes…
“Just pretend that I’m Kelly!”
Kelsea then informed fellow coach Blake Shelton that the American Idol alum advise her to keep the duo’s “rivalry going.”
Blake then joked: “I was about to say I like this show better already with you here instead of Kelly…but now I take it back!
He added: “Bring it on Kelsea!”
Last week Blake- who is engaged to former coach Gwen Stefani – joked that Kelly got The Voice alum Adam Levine fired two years after the Maroon 5 singer’s abrupt exit.
The Voice fans learned last week that Kelly was going to be off the show for a short time, as the talk show host tweeted: “Thank you so much @KelseaBallerini for sitting in for me while I was feeling under the weather!
“I know my team is in great hands with you!! Y’all aren’t going to want to miss this!! The battles start next week on.”
Kelsea, 27, responded in a tweet: “When @kellyclarkson calls and asks you to keep her seat warm, you put all those years of being her super fan to work.
“Thank you @johnlegen @nickjonas and ole pops @blakeshelton Face with tears of joy for making me feel like part of the @NBCTheVoice family.”
Kelly joined The Voice in 2018 and has been juggling her coaching duties with filming episodes for The Kelly Clarkson Show.
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The Breakaway hitmaker has been struggling in personal life, having filed for divorce from Brandon Blackstock after seven years of marriage last June, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
To add to the drama, Brandon’s father, Narvel Blackstock, and his company, Starstruck Management, claimed Kelly owe them $1.4 million from her earnings on The Voice.
The vocalist refuted the allegation, countering that Brandon and his father were a “fraudulent and subterfuge device” used to perform “illegal services” as managers and accused them of “defrauding her out of millions.”