Blake Shelton Says This One Thing Saved ‘The Voice’ After Adam Levine Quit

The Voice has been on the air for eight years and is about to enter its 17th season. Like most other competition TV shows, it has faced its ups and downs and some turnover among its coaches.

While the popular singing competition has been able to weather those storms, many are concerned about the recent shakeup that sees coach Adam Levine, who has been there since the show’s debut, leaving. Among those concerned is one of the show’s other long-time members, Blake Shelton. 

What did Shelton have to say about Levine’s departure, and will ‘The Voice’ be able to succeed without him? Let’s take a closer look. 

Blake Shelton and Adam Levine
Blake Shelton and Adam Levine | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

‘The Voice’ has seen many different coaches

The show features four different coaches choosing participants based off of blind live-singing auditions. If the coaches like what they hear, they can push a button and spin their chair around, giving the participant the option to join their team. When it premiered in 2011, the four coaches were Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green.

Both Aguilera and Green left the show after Season 3, and their two spots have been filled by a variety of singers over the years. John Legend, Shakira, Gwen Stefani, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend have all had a seat in the swivel chairs. Many of the coaches have only served for one or two seasons, and some have been on the show in non-consecutive years. That has left Levine and Shelton as the only consistent coaches to create a cohesive swing from season to season. 

What does Blake Shelton think of Adam Levine leaving? 

While fans are certainly worried about the show after the announcement that Levine will be leaving, Shelton has seen a lot of people come and go. Still, the show’s low ratings in Season 16 and the fact that Levine was a constant feature up to this point has to factor into the equation. Shelton opened up about his concerns to PopCulture

He explained trying to juggle the actual work of being a coach while still keeping in mind the entertainment factor for the audience at home. He went on to say, “there’s no way around it, it sucks not having Adam there. He’s a major part of that show.” Adding to the loss is the fact that Levine and Shelton had a particularly entertaining and endearing “bromance” that had been developing in front of the audience for close to a decade. 

Levine’s replacement may be the perfect choice

While there are serious concerns about how The Voice will be able to turn around its ratings while simultaneously dealing with the loss of one of its founding coaches, there is a ray of hope. Levine’s replacement will be Gwen Stefani, a veteran coach who has served in three non-consecutive seasons on the show. She’s also in a relationship with Shelton, and the two met on The Voice. 

Shelton admits that Stefani’s involvement makes him feel better. He explained, “The one thing that makes it better and okay is that they brought Gwen in. Not just because Gwen’s and my relationship – it’s because she’s a veteran of that show. Also, she’s familiar with it, gets it, and that made me feel better.”

Fans are sure to be drawn in by both the sweet romance and the competitive spirit between these two lovebirds, and Stefani’s presence on the show may be the perfect solution to Levine’s gaping absence. They’ll be joined by returning coaches John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, and together fans can look for more bantering, playful competing, and (of course) lots of great singing this fall.