She laughed. She cried. She danced.
Kelly Clarkson lived up to her billing when she joined the coaches for Season 14 of The Voice.
Early Monday morning, host Carson Daly said that Clarkson was an "incredible addition to The Voice family." Facts. The coaches have always made The Voice. Clarkson might just make the coaches.
She sat in a coach's seat, said "Oh, my God! I can't believe it," and pressed the red button to turn her chair around to kick off the Season 14 premiere. Her introduction was as big as some of the voices featured in Round 1 of the blind auditions.
Even with all the fanfare, she was folksy and down-to-earth, especially when she talked about this "exciting opportunity."
The "excited" and "nervous" Burleson native was the first winner of a little show called American Idol. Though she used that fact to woo would-be team members, no one actually said the name of the competing reality TV singing competition show that will start anew on ABC on March 11.
"I would love to do ... what was done for me," Clarkson said. She's worth watching for that alone.
There are other reasons: She has no filter, much like former coach Miley Cyrus. She's funny, quick with a quip and fits right in with the familial, teasing atmosphere already established among coaches Blake Shelton, last year's winner Alicia Keys and Adam Levine. She's already in a rivalry — isn't everyone? — with time-after-time winner Shelton, who seemed to dog her at every turnaround. The crowd cheered for her as if they were on The Price Is Right. And she came bearing gifts, giving each new member of her team a jersey with the number 14 in gold.
The Voice knows what it has and wants viewers to know, too. Every kicker featured Clarkson. It was Kelly this and Kelly that. Stand down, marketing. She doesn't need the extra help.
She's effervescent, she's sparkly ... she's Topo Chico.
If Clarkson wasn't enough — she was — the show also introduced a button called "The Block." A judge can use it once to block another judge from gaining a team member. Shelton blocked Levine (of course) and Keys blocked Shelton, to the delight of the others. Clarkson didn't miss a beat; she joked that "The Block" was added because they knew she was coming.
Prediction: Clarkson will be a meme before the third episode. Or maybe even by tomorrow.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on NBC.