Blake Shelton Shares His True Thoughts About Ariana Grande Joining 'The Voice'

The competitive country singer isn't backing down.

Last week, Blake Shelton (opens in new tab) joined fellow coaches Nick Jonas (opens in new tab)Kelly Clarkson (opens in new tab) and John Legend (opens in new tab) in congratulating Ariana Grande (opens in new tab) for joining The Voice (opens in new tab) next season.

On Tuesday, March 30, the “Positions (opens in new tab)” singer announced on Twitter (opens in new tab) that she will be sitting in Nick’s red swivel chair for the upcoming fall season of The Voice. Within minutes, Blake responded to the news on social media tweeting (opens in new tab), "There's a new @NBCTheVoice coach in town y'all! Welcome to the fam @ArianaGrande!!!!!"

The next day, the 44-year-old country music star appeared on the Today show’s fourth hour as Hoda Kotb’s (opens in new tab) surprise guest host. He spilled to her what it was like to hear about the newest panel addition. (You can watch below starting at the 2:03 mark.)

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“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. And they never let us know who it's going to be, by the way,” Blake told Hoda (opens in new tab). “I think we found out about two days ago. The producers texted us and said it was going to be Ariana.”

He continued (opens in new tab): “I'm excited about it. 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.”

The news comes after Nick returned to the hit show (opens in new tab) in March after taking a year off. During Nick's break, Blake’s fiancé, No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani (opens in new tab), stepped into the role and nabbed the season 19 win. Following Ariana’s big news, Nick took to Twitter to share his best wishes with the “34+35 (opens in new tab)” vocalist.

"Congrats @ArianaGrande! You’re going to kill it next season! Welcome to the family 😎," he wrote (opens in new tab).

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John and Kelly kept the celebratory mood going with their own messages on Instagram. “Welcome to the @NBCTheVoice family @ArianaGrande!” John commented on Ariana’s post (opens in new tab). “Next season we are bringing y’all some powerful female energy! Welcome to the @NBCTheVoice family @ArianaGrande,” Kelly added (opens in new tab).

With this much support behind Ariana, we can’t wait to see what she does on The Voice. In the meantime, we’ll keep tuning in to watch Nick give it his all in the ongoing battle rounds.

Selena Barrientos
Selena Barrientos

Selena Barrientos is the associate entertainment and news editor for Good Housekeeping — she writes and reports on the latest shows and movies, in addition to spotlighting Latinx celebrities. In 2017, she graduated with a B.A. in journalism and creative writing from CUNY Hunter College. Named after the famous Tex-Mex singer, Selena is a proud first-generation Mexican-American from New York City.