When Blake Shelton’s Time On ‘The Voice’ Officially Comes To An End, He Hopes To Take This Special Item With Him

As Blake Shelton heads into his last season as a coach on NBC’s The Voice, he’s preparing to leave behind plenty…

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Madeleine O’Connell

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January 26, 2023

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Blake Shelton; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

As Blake Shelton heads into his last season as a coach on NBC’s The Voice, he’s preparing to leave behind plenty of things like his fellow coaches, a successful legacy, and all the future contestants that won’t get the chance to join his team. With that in mind, he revealed there is one thing in particular that he would like to take with him when he exits the show for good.

Pictured: Blake Shelton; Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC
Pictured: Blake Shelton; Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC

Shelton Wants This Item From The Set

The country music star told PEOPLE that the one thing he would really like to take away from this chapter in his life…is the iconic red chair that has given him the opportunity to uncover so many new artists over the years. 

“I don’t know if they’re gonna offer that or not. I feel like they owe me a damn chair though,” he told the outlet. “I mean, who else can sit in my chair? It’s like the three bears — I don’t want anybody else sitting in my chair. I’m gonna try to get that away from them. Maybe I’ll have to buy it or something.”

Shelton explained that this request could be a challenge, but he’s willing to put up a good fight. 

“I’m sure they’re gonna say, ‘Well, the one thing you took was a lot of our money, so you should be happy with that,’” he joked. 

Shelton’s Final Season Debuts March 6

On the 2023 season, Shelton will be joined by Kelly Clarkson, Niall Horan and Chance The Rapper on the roaster of coaches. Shortly after this news was 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.

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“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.”

The “No Body” singer 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. He also 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.”

Blake Shelton earned his ninth win in the most recent season when contestant Bryce Leatherwood finished out the show on top. 

He couldn’t contain his excitement when the rising country star was announced as the winner of the NBC singing competition during the live finale on Tuesday (Dec. 13).

His caption read, “YOUR SEASON 22 @nbcthevoice WINNER EVERYBODY!!!! BRYCE LEATHERWOOD!!!! I’m such a proud coach.. @bryceleatherwood, you are so damn deserving of this. Thank you America and GET READY WORLD!!! #TeamBlake #TheVoice.”

Fans will get the chance to see Shelton in his chair for one last season of The Voice, which returns March 6 on NBC and streaming on Peacock.

What’s Next

Even though the singer won’t be returning to the show next year, he still has plenty of projects in the works to keep him busy. In addition to filming USA’s Barmageddon, and opening up the sixth location of his Ole Red bar in Las Vegas, Shelton is also preparing to hit the road for his first headlining Back to the Honky Tonk Tour.

Jackson Dean and Carly Pearce will join as special guests on this 18-date run, which marks Shelton’s first headlining trek since his consecutive Friends & Heroes Tour outings.

Blake Shelton’s tour will kick off on February 16 in Lincoln, NE at Pinnacle Bank Arena and continue through March 25. The tour will wrap up at Keybank Center in Buffalo, NY.

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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.