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Kelly Clarkson Says This Is the Most Intimidating Coach She's Met on The Voice

Her answer may surprise you!

By Jackie Manno

Kelly Clarkson made an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in June and spilled some tea about her fellow The Voice Coaches — all in good fun, of course.

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In a quippy game called "Kelly's Voice of Reason," Clarkson was asked a series of questions about the personality traits of some Voice Coaches. After dubbing Blake Shelton the Coach with the biggest ego, Cohen then asked, "Who's the most intimidating?"

"Maybe Alicia [Keys]," Clarkson said after thinking for a moment. 

It's hard to not be blown away by Keys' out-of-this-world songwriting and singing talents, so Clarkson's answer makes sense. Keys was a Coach on The Voice on Seasons 11, 12, and 14, as well as serving as a Battle Advisor on Season 7 and performing as a guest in Season 21. 

Keys won Season 12 with her team member, Chris Blue. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Blue talked about how Keys' mentoring style helped him secure the victory. 

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"She's had her hand in everything, to be honest," he told the outlet. "We're writing together, she's producing, I'm trying to get her on a track; we'll see what happens. But I won't complain! She's producing, she's writing, I'm good with that."

In a 2017 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Blue also described the valuable advice that Keys gave him while on set that he carried with him. 

"She taught me that I’m a human being. Now watch this: When you’re on stage, it’s really easy to get in your head and not be present, because obviously you want to do a great job, you want people to accept you. But the best job is always the job of the person that isn’t thinking, he’s just being," he said.

He continued, "One day, she pulled me [and Contestants] Stephanie [Rice], and Vanessa [Ferguson] aside and she said, 'Listen, you guys, don’t go on stage and try to do it. Just be it. Because you’re human beings, not human doings. Don’t try to do anything, just be it.' And that’s when the magic happens, when you just let it be. That’s the best advice, man. I’ll always remember that. I’m super grateful I got to work with Alicia Keys. It was something special. It was meant to be."

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