Fans have been guessing about which country superstar will take Blake Shelton’s place in the giant red chairs on “The Voice” ever since he announced his retirement from the show last year. Finally, we have a response: Reba McEntire, his lifelong friend!
McEntire, Niall Horan, John Legend, and Gwen Stefani will serve as the Season 24 coaches, NBC revealed on Monday during its upfront presentation. The blind auditions will start being filmed soon, and in the fall of 2023, they will debut on television. Horan, Kelly Clarkson, and Chance the Rapper are the Season 23 coaches in addition to Shelton.
The reality TV competition series on NBC is nothing new to Reba McEntire. Most recently, she was each coach’s mega mentor for the Season 23 knockouts. She had previously aided Team Blake in Season 1 and then all four coaches in Season 8, making that her third appearance on the program.
Blake Shelton has participated in “The Voice” since Season 1. In fact, he is the only coach to have appeared in each of the first 23 episodes. The other Season 24 coaches include Niall Horan, who is coming back for a second consecutive cycle, John Legend, who is preparing for his eighth season, and Gwen Stefani, who is returning for her seventh.
The live shows for Season 23 kick off Monday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a performance-packed two-hour semi-final. The Top 8 artists will perform live for the first time in the hopes of securing a spot in the finale. Viewers will vote for their favorite artist in real-time, and the Top 5 results will be revealed at the end of the night.
Grace West and Noivas from Team Blake, Ryley Tate Wilson and Gina Miles from Team Niall, Sorelle, and Ray Uriel from Team Chance, and Holly Brand and D.Smooth from Team Kelly are the remaining Season 23 finalists. Which musician is YOUR favorite?