Singer Kelly Clarkson will take over from Simon Cowell on the first two live shows of America’s Got Talent . Cowell broke his back in an accident with his electric bicycle this weekend and is still recovering.

Clarkson (38) announced the news on Instagram . She will sit as a jury member alongside Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara.

“Simon cannot be present at the live shows on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the accident. But don’t worry America, someone much smarter, cooler and more handsome, will take his place: the great Kelly Clarkson,” the singer writes in third person. her social media.

Cowell and the singer are no strangers to each other. Clarkson’s career took off after she won the first season of American Idol in 2002. Cowell was then a jury member.

The sixty-year-old judge of America’s Got Talent and X Factor was taking a test ride on Saturday afternoon with his new electric bike when he accidentally crashed. The record boss had to be operated on for six hours.

Clarkson already has experience as a jury member at The Voice . It is unclear whether Cowell is fit enough to resume his work after the first two live shows.