Ariana Grande’s season of The voice He hasn’t even started yet, but Blake Shelton is already reminding him who the winningest coach is!
The country singer virtually joined Hoda Kotb as a surprise co-host on Today with Hoda and Jenna on Wednesday where he talked about his upcoming wedding to Gwen Stefani and all things The voice – including his thoughts on the new coach.
On Tuesday, Grande was announced as the fourth coach in the upcoming season 21, replacing Nick Jonas, who is currently training his team during the battle rounds of season 20, and Shelton shared his immediate thoughts, noting that he had just found out. of the news as well!
“About two days ago, the producers texted us and said it was going to be Ariana,” she shared. “I’m excited about it. I’m a fan of theirs. I’m not going to lie, we’re still going to beat him up, you know, on the show. It’s our job – they pay us to win, Hoda. They don’t pay me to lose.”
Shelton is the only coach who has been with The voice since the first season, having trained all 20 seasons so far. She joked, “I used to look like Ariana when I started the show, now look at me!”
While aiming for another win in season 20, which would expand his record to eight Voice wins – Shelton admitted that the show is currently in its “least favorite” part of the competition, the Battle and Knockout rounds, where coaches have to remove singers from their teams after head-to-head performances.
“You have these people, you beg them to be on your team and then the next thing you do is kick out half of them,” he said. “That’s what makes it so good to see him as a fan of the show. I mean, that’s what keeps you on the edge of your seat. But as a coach, I hate that part.”
“My favorite is still the Blind Auditions,” added Shelton. “It’s so much fun that we can listen to all the singers and that’s when we really get to go down the throat, as far as the coaches competing against each other. That’s where I can’t wait to contact Ariana.”
Grande shared her enthusiasm for joining The voice‘supcoming season in a statement Tuesday, saying, “I am very honored and excited to join The voice family! I’ve been a huge fan of the show for so long. I can’t wait to take on the amazing trainers, meet these new artists, and help them take their craft to the next level. “
The voice airs Mondays at 8 pm PT / ET on NBC. Check out more about season 20 in the video below!