‘The Voice’: 9 Ways Gwen and Blake Could Ruin the Show

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton on The Voice

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton on The Voice | NBC

The Voice is back and Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are reunited for Season 12. A big part of the promotion for this season has been about Gwen and Blake, because their relationship is now public. One of the show’s ads reads, “Feel the Love” with the coaches huddled together and Gwen looking at Blake lovingly. The commercials have also showed clips of Gwen and Blake bickering, while Alicia Keys and Adam Levine chime in with jokes like, “someone’s going to be sleeping on the couch tonight.”

In another promo clip, you even see Gwen tell a contestant, “I just did a country song with Blake Shelton, so I’ve got the hookup!” Blake then responds to Gwen, “That is so inappropriate to be talking about our hookup!” So, it looks like this season will be filled with references and jokes about the new couple.

Of course, it makes sense for the show to acknowledge that the two coaches are dating and possibly even getting married. But, it will no doubt change the dynamic of the show that used to heavily rely on Blake and Adam’s relationship. Some fans have even complained that Gwen and Blake could end up ruining this season of the show.

This is a screen shot of a comment that reads, " I love the Voice but I thought the show was about the singers and not about Blake and Gwen. Do not get me wrong , I love Blake and his music but I can't stand the focus on their romance!"

A screenshot of a Facebook comment | Facebook via The Voice

This is a screen shot of a comment that reads. "I agree Gwen and Blake behavior is causing me to loose interest in the Voice because they are spotlighted so often I am fully aware I am exposed to a lot less talented singers than the program offered prior to their romance."

A screenshot of a Facebook comment | Facebook via The Voice

It looks like not every fan of The Voice are thrilled about this season. Do these commenters have a point? Here are nine ways Gwen and Blake could ruin The Voice this season.

1. The show’s focus has shifted

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani singing on stage on The Voice

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani on The Voice | NBC

The show changes its focus depending on what’s going on. Sometimes it focuses on the new coaches, but they typically fall back on Blake and Adam’s bromance. This season is focused on Gwen and Blake and it’s possible that the couple jokes will get old by the end of the season.

2. Jealousy could become a problem among the coaches

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys sitting on a coach with bowls of popcorn

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys on The Voice | NBC

Some fans may argue that the show isn’t focusing on Gwen and Blake at all. But behind the scenes, things are a little more transparent. The show is reportedly paying Gwen and Blake more this season than Adam and Alicia.

[Blake and Gwen] are getting paid an exceptional bonus that is significantly higher than the other judges to keep the spark alive on-camera,” a production source revealed to Radar Online. “The producers really want to see Gwen and Blake in competition more often this upcoming season, versus working with each other like they have in the past.”

That might seem like a good plan, but it could easily backfire. Especially since Adam was one of the highest paid coaches since he was on the show as long as Blake. Alicia is tied with Gwen for being on The Voice for two seasons, but is supposedly being paid less.

3. Gwen is reportedly a diva on set

Gwen Stefani holding a red microphone

Gwen Stefani on The Voice | NBC

Perhaps the focus shifting toward Gwen and Blake is starting to backfire. According to Radar Online, the blonde has been exhibiting some diva-like behavior this season. “Gwen has been butting heads with so many people,” a source revealed. “She acts like she runs the show!”

4. Their motives will be questioned more when giving advice

(l-r) Carson Daly, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani smiling in front of a white background

Carson Daly, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, and Gwen Stefani The Voice | NBC

During the blind auditions, the coaches’ advice to each other is important because it helps form the teams. But now that Gwen and Blake are unquestionably tied to each other, it makes their motives blurred. For example, Adam and Gwen both turned around for Mark Isaiah.

Blake chimed in with, “I just think that you’re meant to be on Gwen’s team.” Adam threw back, “Of course you do, you have no choice but to think that.” This exchange was lighthearted, but it is evidence that Alicia, Adam, and fans can totally assume that the two coaches will have each other’s back for the rest of the show.

5. They’re questioning themselves because of their relationship

Blake Shelton kisses Gwen Stefani on the head as she smiles.

Blake Shelton performs on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

You might think we are overthinking when we talk about questioning the couple’s motives, but even they have revealed that this has been a problem. “We’ll be driving home at night and I’ll be like, ‘Do you think I should put these two people against each other?’ and he’ll be like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah,'” Gwen told ET. “I was like, ‘I don’t believe you! I think you’re trying to trick me right now!'”

This is one of the many reasons why a workplace relationship can be very complicated.

6. Their breakup could seriously hurt the coaches’ chemistry

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys smile at the camera

The Voice Season 12 | NBC

The Voice‘s production came up with a safety net in case the couple breaks up during this season. “And, of course, there is a stipulation in their contract, which is more of a break-up clause,” a source said, according to The Hollywood Gossip. “If, for some reason, they call it quits, they are both required to finish out the remainder of their existing contracts.”

But that safety net still doesn’t account for how awkward the cast could be knowing that there is drama between the couple. Will the couple try to pretend they are still in love, and would they be able to pull it off? Or will they own up to a breakup and become very cold toward each other? These are the risks we have this season.

7. The true romance on the show is Adam and Blake

Blake Shelton is drinking from a mug while Adam Levine sits in his lap on the set of The Voice

Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on The Voice | NBC

After 12 seasons, it’s pretty safe to say that Blake and Adam are the one true romance the show needs. Their chemistry was purely accidental, but they have become good friends over the years. Fans have loved their bickering and called their relationship a “bromance.” Throwing another romance into the mix could definitely take away from what has brought fans back again and again.

8. This might encourage more romances in the future

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

This is the first time two coaches who are in a relationship will be on the show together. This season could be used as an experiment and the results could lead to change. If Gwen and Blake’s relationship gives NBC a rise in viewership, then we could see more partners purposely being brought on the show in the future. This could easily turn into a very tired gimmick. It may seem cynical, but in the end, producers are just interested in getting viewers.

9. Prepare yourself for some sitcom ‘ball and chain’ jokes

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are smiling backstage at the People's Choice Awards and are holding their awards

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton backstage at the People’s Choice Awards 2017 | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Adam and Blake’s jokes with each other include banter about their clothing to their city versus country differences. They are both very funny and a big part of the show’s charm.

However, it looks like a lot of the humor this season will be fitting for a corny sitcom. Adam teases Blake about possibly sleeping on the couch after he went against Gwen in one episode. That’s cool if you like sitcom humor, but it could put off those who don’t.

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