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Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have an interesting journey on The Voice. They became friends and eventually fell in love. Stefani almost decided to not do the show. Find out why she actually didn’t want to compete against Shelton, Adam Levine, and more.

Gwen Stefani will return as a coach for Season 17

Gwen Stefani performs on stage during the Machaca Fest 2019 | Medios y Media/Getty Images

It was announced that Adam Levine is leaving The Voice and Stefani will replace him. The pop singer has coached three times before so she knows what she’s doing at this point. She talked about what it’ll be like to be without Levine.

“To think that [Adam’s] not going to be there is like bittersweet. And plus, like, being between him and Blake, the amount of laughter, I would have to like stop and massage my face, because it would hurt,” she said on The Talk.

Now she’ll have to go up against Shelton, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson. She has already posted about beating him next season.

Blake Shelton said he’s happy she’s getting competitive

Stefani is getting excited for next season. She has posted a picture of Shelton in an Instagram story and wrote “Getting excited to beat this guy on the voice this season!” He gave his reaction to her goal to take him down.

“I’m glad that she’s already feeling competitive,” Shelton told People. “Of course, I’m not going to let her win. I’m going to have to win, but I’m going to have to do it in a way that she doesn’t feel like I beat her. I don’t know if that’s possible or not because I definitely don’t want to upset her — that’s not going to pay off for me in the long run. This will be her fourth time on the show, so she’s no stranger to it. She knows what she’s doing.”

She’s not a competitive person so she almost didn’t join The Voice

The coaches mostly mentor new singers, but things still get competitive between the coaches. Shelton and Levine had a friendly rivalry, but Stefani naturally isn’t competitive.

“Wow, that’s interesting that you saw a competitive side because I’m not a competitive person,” she told Travel Girl. “In fact, competition makes me really uncomfortable. It was probably one of the reasons I almost didn’t do the show, because I couldn’t picture myself pitching myself and trying to fight, especially against a very competitive person like Adam Levine.”

She continued, “Blake and Adam were so good at that. The longer I was on the show, the more I understood what I needed to do to ‘pitch’ for an artist and to go for it.”

The good thing is that she fell in love with coaching and will be back next season. Fans will have to wait and see if she’ll keep up the competitive spirit for Season 17. Hopefully, she’ll manage to win over some of the top contestants in order to make it into the finals.