NBC’s The Voice is just a few weeks away from its return with Season 23. Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, Niall Horan, and Blake Shelton are currently preparing to take their seats as the next round of coaches, but on Wednesday (Feb. 22) it was announced that another country star will be joining them for a portion of the show.
Country Music Hall of Famer Reba McEntire has been chosen to be a Mega Mentor on the upcoming season of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series. Her support and advice will come to the remaining artists who end up making it through the battle rounds, as they prepare to take on knockouts.
The knockout round sees the artists pairing up and choosing their own songs to perform in front of their fellow competitors. Once the performances conclude, the coaches will be faced with having to select a winner. Those not chosen will be available for a “steal,” but each of the four coaches only get one “steal” within this daunting round.
This won’t be McEntire’s first experience with the show as she previously made an appearance as a Battle Advisor to Team Blake during the show’s inaugural season.
Being on The Voice will add to McEntire’s recent run of TV opportunities that have aired in recent months, from her starring roles in the Lifetime movie, The Hammer, and the latest season of ABC’s Big Sky. Plus, the “Fancy” singer is preparing for the extended run of Reba: Live In Concert tour with special guests Terri Clark and The Isaacs. This set of shows is scheduled to kick off March 9 in Jacksonville, FL and continue through the spring of 2023.
In a new teaser released to Instagram by the network, fans got a first look at what to expect from the upcoming competition. The coaches shared foolproof strategies, expectations for their team and some hilarious on-screen moments that shows how much Clarkson, Chance, Shelton and Horan have bonded already.
This will be an extra special return as it also marks Shelton’s final season on the competition, and it appears that he could use this to his advantage when pitching the contestants to join his team.
Shortly after this year’s coaches were unveiled, the “God’s Country” singer/songwriter announced that he would be stepping down from the show after serving the longest run for 23 seasons.
“I’ve been wrestling with this for a while and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step away from The Voice after next season,” Shelton began in his statement.
“This show has changed my life in every way for the better and it will always feel like home to me,” he continued. “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. It takes a lot of work, passion, and adult beverages (Ha!) to pull off a live show twice a week.”
Shelton also shared gratitude for “lifelong bonds” he has made since joining the show, including with his wife, Gwen Stefani and each of the coaches that have come and gone during that time. In addition, he gave a shoutout to Carson [Daly] and all the contestants he has gotten to meet in the process.
He concluded his statement by saying, “Lastly, it’s about y’all, the fans, who watch and support these artists, us coaches and everyone at The Voice who are chasing their dreams.”
Shelton earned his ninth win in the most recent season when contestant Bryce Leatherwood finished out the show on top during the live finale on Tuesday (Dec. 13).
Season 23 of The Voice premieres Monday, March 6 on NBC and streaming on Peacock with a whole new round of contestants hoping to stand out in the competitive music industry, along with some new faces in the coaching chairs.