Blake Shelton Makes Hilarious Phone Call To Chat With Dan + Shay During ‘The Voice’ Takeover At Ole Red

You never know what’s going to happen when Shelton phones in to Ole Red.


Madeleine O’Connell

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March 21, 2024


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Blake Shelton with Dan + Shay at Ole Red in Nashville, TN; Photo by: Katherine Bomboy/NBC

On Thursday, Dan + Shay made a stop in Blake Shelton’s Ole Red bar before making their way down the street to perform at Nashville’s Bridgestone arena as part of their current Heartbreak On The Map Tour. While at the lower Broadway establishment as part of The Voice’s Double Chair Takeover, Shelton himself phoned in to check up on the newest The Voice coaches. 

Checking In On The Newest “The Voice” Coaches

As the trio of artists were catching up, the Oklahoma native brought up the fact that the country duo has played a vital part in introducing a brand-new element to the singing competition – the double chair. He joked that they could be using a recycled chair because by the time his role as a coach on The Voice came to an end in May of 2023, his iconic red chair had become “a double-wide chair.”

“That’s what I always said. They put a little divider in the middle so we can both sit in there. It’s crazy,” Shay Mooney said earning a chuckle from Shelton. 

Shelton Pokes Fun At Former ‘The Voice’ Coach Niall Horan

During Shelton’s last season on the NBC show, he worked alongside fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper, and Niall Horan. Throughout the entirety of Season 23, the “No Body” singer and Horan had developed a hilarious banter between them and even though they aren’t working together at the moment, their friendly quips haven’t let up. 

Seeing as how Horan did not return as a judge in Season 25, Shelton joked to Dan + Shay that he’s “happy you got him fired. I mean, if anybody can get him fired, it’s you guys and screw him. He’s from Ireland or wherever the hell he’s from. Get him out of here.

“We want good, hardworking Arkansas people taking over The Voice,” he added in reference to the fact that Shay Mooney is an Arkansas native. 

Dan + Shay at Ole Red in Nashville, TN; Photo by: Katherine Bomboy/NBC
Dan + Shay at Ole Red in Nashville, TN; Photo by: Katherine Bomboy/NBC

What’s Happening On Season 25?

So far, Dan + Shay seem to be fitting in well with their fellow judges Reba McEntire, Chance The Rapper and John Legend on their first-ever season of the show. In the most recent set of episodes, the battle rounds commenced, which saw their team members Karen Waldrup and Ryan Argast going head to head on the stage. While both of the hopeful contestant gave their all with a sensational performance of the duo’s 10th chart-topper, “Save Me The Trouble,” only one singer could be victorious and this time, it was Waldrup.

“Ryan made this very difficult decision, but in the end, I feel like Karen really has this stuff to be able to win this show,” Mooney said, explaining why they ultimately chose her as the winner. “Her charisma and overall stage presence is very impressive, so you can tell that she’s really cut her teeth for many years and just knows how to work a room and I feel like Team Dan + Shay is stronger because of Karen and I’m excited to see where she elevates.”

Dan + Shay at Ole Red in Nashville, TN; Photo by: Katherine Bomboy/NBC
Dan + Shay at Ole Red in Nashville, TN; Photo by: Katherine Bomboy/NBC

In the coming weeks, the remaining members of team Dan + Shay will be pitted against each other and tasked with delivering a duet to determine who still advance and who’s journey will come to an end. 

The Voice airs on NBC on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c.

Heartbreak On The Map Tour

A few days after Season 25 of The Voice premiered, Dan + Shay kicked off their Heartbreak On The Map Tour inn Greenville, SC on February 29. They recently announced that they will also be extending the trek through the summer. 

Joining them on the road are special guests Ben Rector, Jake Owen, Hailey Whitters, and Dylan Marlowe. 

Dan + Shay 2024 Tour
Dan + Shay 2024 Tour

Smyer’s also asked fans what cities they missed, hinting that it’s “Never too late to add more shows 🤠.”

For a full list of upcoming dates, visit

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.