Blake Shelton Recruits Dan + Shay as Battle Advisors for Season 20 of ‘The Voice’

It’s a full-circle moment for Blake Shelton and Dan + Shay!  The award-winning country duo will join Shelton on the…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 1, 2021

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It’s a full-circle moment for Blake Shelton and Dan + Shay! 

The award-winning country duo will join Shelton on the upcoming 20th season of NBC’s The Voice as Battle Advisors. The move comes seven years after Dan + Shay embarked on their very first tour with the country superstar. 

Shelton and Dan + Shay appeared on Access to chat about working together on the upcoming season and Shelton couldn’t help but gush over the opportunity to have Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney advise his team. 

“The battle rounds are literally, you know, two artists coming together and making music, singing basically a duet. We call it a battle but it’s a duet. And these two are obviously, I have to talk about their career, it’s completely exploded,” Shelton said. “But the way they come together and vocalize together and make music, I thought that would be a great mentor to have these two because so many times, I’m sitting here in a situation in these battle rehearsals and one of the artists will ask me a question about harmony and I don’t know crap about harmony.”

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“I would be like, ‘oh yeah I will check on that for you’ and I never do because I don’t know anything about harmony,” Shelton went on to explain. “Finally, this season, I’ve got Dan + Shay here and they kill it and they’re natural at it and honestly, it’s already come into play a couple of times and it’s helpful to have them here.”

The upcoming season of The Voice will feature Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and John Legend as coaches, while Carson Daly is set to return as the host. 

It was also revealed that Darren Criss will join the show as the advisor for Team Nick, Brandy as the advisor for Team Legend, and Luis Fonsi will mentor Team Kelly. 

This year not only marks the 20th season of the hit singing competition but also the 10-year anniversary of the show. 

Fans can tune in to The Voice on Monday, March 1 on NBC. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.