Why Reba McEntire Turned Down An Offer To Be A Coach On ‘The Voice’

Jill O'Rourke
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Did you know that Reba McEntire was originally considered to be a country coach on The Voice before Blake Shelton got the job? Reba recently confirmed the report, and explained why she turned down the role.


Blake is the longest-running coach on The Voice, having appeared on every season since its inception. Reba, meanwhile, appeared with Blake as a mentor in the show’s first season.

Reba McEntire Was Almost On ‘The Voice’?

Blake Shelton revealed last year that Reba was the show’s first choice for a country coach. The Voice apparently contacted Reba’s former manager and ex-husband Narvel Blackstock about it. He suggested Blake as an alternative.

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This week, on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Reba confirmed that she was offered the job, and explained why she turned it down. Apparently she didn’t like the idea of judging people’s talent.

“It is very true,” she said when a fan mentioned the story. “It was a very popular show in Holland, I’m pretty sure, and I watched the tape, and I said, ‘No, I’m going to pass on that,’ because I don’t think I could ever be able to tell somebody that they’re terrible or go find another job or hope you like your nighttime job. I couldn’t do that day in and day out. I just couldn’t do it. So I did pass on it.” 

Does Reba Regret Turning Down ‘The Voice’?

Of course, regular viewers of The Voice know that even the rejected artists are always supported and encouraged by the coaches. The show also doesn’t feature bad singers just for laughs, unlike many other talent shows.


Host Andy Cohen brought this up, asking, “Now that you’ve seen the show, do you think, ‘Oh, maybe I’ve overestimated the criticism that I would have to give?'”

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“Oh, sure!” Reba said. “I mean, after you see a very successful show that’s been running, what, 15 years? Uh, yeah! I’m like shoot, I should have done that.” However, she said that Blake was “the perfect choice” for the role, adding, “He’s done a wonderful job.”

Reba McEntire also has an interesting tie to The Voice in that her ex-husband Narvel Blackstock is the father of Brandon Blackstock. Brandon was coach Kelly Clarkson’s husband. She filed for divorce earlier this year. Brandon also manages Blake Shelton.

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