The long-running music competition series "American Idol" is coming back for the 2017-2018 season on ABC instead of FOX. USA TODAY

When news broke that ABC would take on American Idol in 2018 after its cancellation by Fox, show producers wanted fan-favorite Kelly Clarkson (who won Idol in 2002) back for the revamp. 

But Clarkson was already spoken for. She'd signed on to serve as a coach on The Voice in 2018. 

So why would Clarkson want to Breakaway from the show that made her famous? 

The singer, who just released a new music video for her single Love So Soft, discussed the decision with Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Thursday. 

"We’re used to The Voice schedule, we already have to work around it because of our family,” said Clarkson, whose manager and husband Brandon Blackstock also manages Blake Shelton, another Voice coach. "We have four children — that can be very taxing with a schedule. It was just a no-brainer for me with The Voice because of that alone." 

That doesn't mean she isn't disappointed she can't do both. "But my thing is, I was kind of bummed too when [Idol] came to me," she said. "I hope it’s super successful."

Clarkson remains grateful for the start Idol gave her, and wants to give back to other aspiring musicians. 

"That’s my goal," Clarkson said. "I want to have someone on my team, whether they win or not, to have a successful career after being on the show." 

The three-time Grammy winner will join The Voice for its 14th season in spring 2018, making her the second Idol competitor to recently join the NBC singing competition's coaching panel. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, a top-10 finisher in Idol's third season, will appear on this fall's edition of The Voice.

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