Ever since “The Voice” debuted in 2011 in the United States, people have been hooked on the reality singing competition show.
The talent that has graced the auditions, the unique format of Blind Auditions, and especially the celebrity coaches have sparked the interest of millions of its viewers around the country.
Among the first set of coaches on the show is Country music icon Blake Shelton, who, up until Season 23, is a staple coach on the show.
Coaches have come and gone, but Coach Blake has remained unfazed throughout the years. Winning already nine seasons out of the current 22, Shelton has been a formidable force in the series.
That is why following his announcement of leaving the show after Season 23, many fans of the show, including the crew, have expressed their sadness over his departure – leaving people asking who Blake Shelton’s “The Voice” replacement coach would be.
“This show has changed my life in every way for the better, and it will always feel like home to me. It’s been a hell of a ride over these 12 years of chair turns, and I want to thank everyone at The Voice from NBC, every producer, the writers, musicians, crew, and catering people; you are the best,” he said in a statement.
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Blake is spending his last season of “The Voice” with returning coach Kelly Clarkson and new coaches Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper.
Asked about her thoughts on Blake Shelton’s “The Voice” exit, fellow country music icon Reba McEntire revealed something that fans didn’t know before.
Apparently, McEntire was offered a seat on the coaches’ chair back in Season 1.
“I got [a look at] the Holland version of The Voice. They sent it to me and I said, ‘I can’t see me doing that. Because, you know, I’m a gypsy at heart,” she told ET Online.
Meanwhile, McEntire, like every other person when asked about who could fill Blake’s chair – is also baffled by the question.
“To fill Blake’s chair? Wow. That’s gonna be toug. He did a great job and kudos to him,” she answered.
The “Does He Love You” hitmaker has appeared on the show twice already, first as Blake’s team mentor in 2011 and a second time in 2015.
As of this writing, Blake Shelton’s “The Voice” replacement has not yet been named.
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