After Ariana Grande announced her new role on The Voice for Season 21 as a full-time coach, the internet erupted in excitement.
Veteran coach, Blake Shelton however was keen to break the cycle, jokingly telling The Today Show, “We’re still going to beat the crap out of her.”
“I’m excited about it,” Shelton said. “I’m a fan of hers, I’m not going to lie. We’re still going to beat the crap out of her, you know, on the show. It’s our job — they pay us to win, Hoda. They don’t pay me to lose.”
Shelton added that the producers don’t tell the coaches who will join the show as a new addition.
“There’s one chair on The Voice that seems like, lately it’s kind of turned into like this revolving door of different coaches that we’re able to bring in,” he said. “And they never let us know who it’s going to be, by the way. I think we found out about two days ago. The producers texted us and said it was going to be Ariana.”
Grande’s announcement followed news that Nick Jonas won’t appear on Season 21.
“Congrats @ArianaGrande! You’re going to kill it next season! Welcome to the family,” Jonas wrote.
John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, both judges returning next season, also congratulated Grande.
“Welcome to the @NBCTheVoice family @ArianaGrande!” Legend wrote.
“Next season we are bringing y’all some powerful female energy! Welcome to the @NBCTheVoice family @ArianaGrande,” Clarkson added.
While Shelton is always likely to be competitive, especially with a star like Ariana Grande on the lineup, we’re sure they’ll grow to love each other.
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