Blake Shelton Shares Feelings About Reba Replacing Him On “The Voice”
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Reba Joins The Voice Following Blake Shelton’s Departure
In case you missed it, The Voice announced its coaches for Season 24 on Monday (May 15). It’s the show’s first season without longtime coach Blake Shelton, so fans were anxious to see who would be his replacement.
The Voice shared that Season 23’s Mega Mentor Reba McEntire is filling Shelton’s shoes as the “country” coach on the show. Current coach Niall Horan is returning to coach for his second season.
Previous coaches John Legend and Gwen Stefani are also returning after taking a break from the show.
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Shelton and McEntire have been friends for years. McEntire was actually Shelton’s first team advisor on The Voice, so it seems fitting that she’s going to take his place on the show.
Blake Shelton Gets Real About Reba Joining The Voice – Raves About Her Talent
But how does Shelton feel about the whole thing? He shared his thoughts in an interview with Extra after news broke that McEntire is joining The Voice.
“...she’s so authentic. I mean, I don’t know anybody countrier on the planet than Reba. And that’s just the truth. But the other thing is her talent, and she was born with this raw, natural talent that is just unbelievable…people will maybe finally start to realize what an incredible vocalist she is…millions of us already know that. [But] so many more people are going to realize what an incredible vocalist she is because she’s gonna, as a coach on this show, perform at times.“
Watch Shelton’s full interview below. He talks more about McEntire, discusses the recent unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and talks about former coach Adam Levine returning to The Voice for the upcoming finale.
Also, if you’d like an idea of what McEntire may be like as a coach on The Voice, check out the video below. It shows her working with the Voice contestants and coaches when she served as this season’s Mega Mentor.
We’re sad to see Shelton leave The Voice, but look forward to watching McEntire on the show!