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Why Niall Horan Says Kelly Clarkson Is Like a ‘Big Sister’ to Him

"She's just a lovely lady," Horan told NBC Insider. Watch The Voice on NBC.

By Jackie Manno
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New The Voice Coach Niall Horan has a deep admiration for veteran Coach Kelly Clarkson, not only for her musical talent, but for her kind personality, as well.

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“It's been amazing to work with Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. Meeting them for the first time, the bond that I’ve grown with them has been amazing. It's been so funny to dive into that Southern sense of humor with them and see the stuff that goes on behind the scenes. It's been hilarious,” Horan said in an interview with NBC Insider.

“Kelly’s an absolute sweetheart at the end of the day. She’s like a big sister to me. She’s just a lovely lady,” he added. 

Although Horan may adore Clarkson, he also feels that his stakes are higher on The Voice given Clarkson’s reputation on the show.

"Ooh, my biggest competition this year is definitely Kelly [Clarkson]. We have very similar tastes in music, same kind of taste in voices. Yeah, I think she's going to be a massive threat to me," Horan said in a separate interview with NBC Insider.

However, Horan remains confident in his abilities. "But you never know, I could win the thing," he said. 

Horan then went on to discuss what drew him to his Voice chair in the first place.

"I love finding new talent online and things, so I really wanted to get involved and find a new crop of talent that we can nurture and make careers of,” he said. “I'm excited to win this thing. I've got an unbelievable team of ridiculous talent. I didn't hit my buzzer every time, because I was being super picky about who I wanted on my team. I wanted all different types of singers, all different types of genres, just wanted character."

“I can't say I've watched every single season back to back, but what I would say about the Artists this year is the talent is off the scale,” he said to NBC Insider.  “I'm seeing it here from my own two eyes, performance after performance."

He continued, "We've got [an] amazing age range, and what I would say is our younger stars are just so mature. They're ages you would look at on paper and go, ‘Whoa,’ but the maturity and their performances and in their vocals [are] insane. You’re in for a real ride, America.”

Watch The Voice on NBC Mondays at 8/7c and Tuesdays at 9/8c and next day on Peacock