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Blake Shelton Reveals What He Misses The Most About ‘The Voice’

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Country music superstar Blake Shelton recently sat down for an exclusive interview with NBC’s TODAY. The interview took place while he was visiting the construction site of his Ole Red restaurant in Las Vegas. In the wide-ranging conversation, the singer opened up about what he misses the most after leaving The Voice.

Blake Shelton Opens Up About His Exit From ‘The Voice’

After an incredible 23-season run as a coach on NBC’s hit singing competition The Voice, Shelton decided it was time to step away. While he doesn’t necessarily miss the full-time coaching job, Shelton confessed he does miss the close friendships. He built an extremely strong bond with the cast and crew over more than a decade on the show.

Calling them his “second family,” the country icon said the hardest part is no longer seeing the dedicated team of people that he worked alongside longer than his own relatives back home.

“I don’t miss the job at all, but I miss my family there, the crew, the cast, and all the people behind the scenes became my family,” Shelton said.

Though The Voice made Shelton an even bigger household name, he’s also excited to focus more on passion projects like his Ole Red restaurants and get back to a simpler life back home in Oklahoma.


Blake Shelton Will be Touring With The Voice Alum Emily Ann Roberts

With new music on the horizon and plenty of classic hits to spare, Shelton is getting set to headline the Back To The Honky Tonk nationwide tour kicking off on February 22, 2024. Alongside opener Emily Ann Roberts, a former contestant from his team on The Voice, Shelton promised fans at the shows can expect to hear some beloved old favorites from his legendary catalog that he hasn’t played live in many years.

“It’ll be a best of Blake Shelton tour I guess, dig out some of that old stuff,” Shelton said.

Beyond the setlist, Shelton is mostly looking forward to reconnecting with live crowds and feeding off the energy of people excited to see him perform.

With his upcoming tour, a new season of NBC’s Barmageddon, new Ole Red locations, and more songs on the way, Shelton remains as busy as ever pursuing his varied passions. For the country icon, life after The Voice may even be richer and more fulfilling thanks to the variety of projects he has in the works.

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