John Legend Says Gwen Stefani Has ‘Softened’ Blake Shelton on ‘The Voice’

Jill O'Rourke
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John Legend and Blake Shelton on 'The Voice' season 22Photos by Tyler Golden/NBC

John Legend thinks Blake Shelton has “gone soft” since his wife Gwen Stefani joined the show again for the upcoming new season of The Voice. The three returning coaches will be joined by new coach Camila Cabello.


John Legend Talks About Blake Shelton on The Voice

In an interview with E! News, Legend was asked if Shelton and Stefani are more competitive with each other as husband and wife. Legend responded, “No, they’re not. It’s softened Blake. He’s gone soft on us.”

Legend went on to say that “it takes a little of his edge off” when Stefani is on the show. He added that Shelton is “losing country singers now” and said the longtime coach is “a little bit defanged by Gwen being here.”

Shelton and Stefani first met on the set of The Voice back in 2014, but this is the first time they’re appearing on the show together as a married couple. They tied the knot in July 2021 and recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary.


Last month, Shelton said that he liked working with Stefani because she’s “one of the least competitive people I know.” He added, “Being on a competition show with your wife, who is also not competitive, is the greatest situation you can be in.”

SEE ALSO: ‘THE VOICE’ ANNOUNCES CELEBRITY BATTLE ADVISORS, THREE-WAY KNOCKOUTS FOR SEASON 22

Legend Welcomes Jazmine Sullivan as a Battle Advisor

Earlier this week, the Battle Advisors were announced for The Voice Season 22. Legend will be joined by singer Jazmine Sullivan to mentor his artists during the Battles round. The coach said he’s “so excited” Sullivan will be on the show.


“With my story, it’s just about perseverance,” Sullivan told E! News. “Just keep going, keep going. You never know when that moment is gonna happen for you. But you gotta be true to yourself, you gotta keep doing your thing, you gotta know who you are, not change that. And then eventually … people will start to come to you.”

The new season premieres Monday, September 19, on NBC.

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