WATCH: Blake Shelton Says He Plans On Winning ‘The Voice’ in Hilarious New Promo

In just a few short weeks, on September 20 to be exact, Blake Shelton will return to NBC’s The Voice…


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August 30, 2021

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Blake Shelton; The Voice 2021

In just a few short weeks, on September 20 to be exact, Blake Shelton will return to NBC’s The Voice for his 21st season. 

Appearing on the show as the only coach to take part in all 21 seasons of the singing competition, Shelton is going into the next season more confident than ever. 

“I’m the retuning champion of The Voice and I plan on winning,” Shelton declares in a just-released promo for the upcoming season.

The country superstar was referring to his eighth overall win on the competition when Cam Anthony took home the top prize at the conclusion of Season 20 in May. 

Shelton previously won The Voice with Team Blake members Jermaine Paul (Season 2), Cassadee Pope (Season 3), Danielle Bradbery (Season 4), Craig Wayne Boyd (Season 7), Sundance Head (Season 11) Chloe Kohanski (Season 13) and Todd Tilghman (Season 18). 

As the only coach with eight overall wins, Shelton says, “It’s fun to have your own TV show. This is mine. I’ve had this one for years.” 

It appears Shelton will face stiff competition on the upcoming season as fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande and John Legend will do anything they can to block Blake from winning. 

“Don’t pick Blake, whatever you do,” Legend says in the teaser clip. 

Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton; Photo by Greg Gayne, NBC
Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton; Photo by Greg Gayne, NBC

Shelton is bringing along his longtime friend and fellow country superstar Dierks Bentley to advise his team throughout season 21.  

“He is actually a great mentor, I’ve learned a lot from watching, I hate to give him compliments cause it gets weird,” Bentley said of Shelton in a clip with Access Hollywood, before Shelton added, “Can I sum it up here, the reason why we make a good pairing… Dierks knows when to hold ’em and I know when to fold ’em.”

Fans can tune in to The Voice on Monday and Tuesdays this fall beginning September 20.

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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.