Blake Shelton's 'The Voice' Comeback Hinges on Ideal Scenario

Blake Shelton discusses life after his iconic TV role.

by Nouman Rasool
Blake Shelton's 'The Voice' Comeback Hinges on Ideal Scenario
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It is at this point that after an illustrious 23 seasons with the show, country music icon Blake Shelton has open-heartedly spoken out about leaving NBC's "The Voice." In an open-hearted recent conversation with Entertainment Tonight, Shelton shared that with every passing day away from the show, he's becoming more convinced that he made the right decision to step away.

Reflecting on his journey, Shelton shared, "Every day feels a little bit better. I feel more confident about that decision as time goes on." Despite his firm stance on leaving, Shelton confessed to missing the camaraderie and connections formed during his time on the show.

"I miss the people. They became like family to me, from the crew to the producers. I was with them more than my own family," he remarked, adding, "I don’t miss the job at all."

Shelton's Reflective Exit

Shelton emphasized the need for a break, underlining the importance of genuine engagement in his role as a coach.

"I needed a break from the job because if I wasn't all in, it wasn't good for whoever was on my team. I don't want to just go through the motions. Those artists need someone who's truly fighting for them," he explained. Holding the record for the most wins by a coach with nine victories, Shelton's departure came after considerable contemplation.

"The second I started feeling like I couldn’t even remember what season it was or who the other coaches were, I knew I needed to get away," he said. His decision was delayed by the onset of COVID-19, as he felt responsible towards the show that "changed my life," he revealed in a discussion with "Today" show host and "The Voice" MC, Carson Daly.

However, Shelton hinted at a possible scenario that could draw him back to the show. "If they were ever able to put together the original four coaches again, maybe I’d return for a one-off season," he mused, referring to a potential reunion with original coaches CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Adam Levine.

Such a comeback would be both nostalgic and intriguing for him. On its 25th season, "The Voice" is on air, with a new set of coaches in Reba McEntire, John Legend, Chance the Rapper, and Dan + Shay, ready to add fresh dynamics and thrills to the beloved series.

To Shelton, his legacy in the show still leaves a standard for the new set of coaches, way past the time he had moved on to explore more of life beyond "The Voice."