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Blake Shelton has coached every season of The Voice. But the nine-time winner decided Season 23 will be his last.
“If I walked away from my career at this time, the only thing that I run the risk of is having regrets that I’m missing out on some more important things in life. For now, that’s our kids. This isn’t about me anymore and never will be again.”
Though Shelton is still sad about leaving the Voice. During the auditions, he posted a picture on social media that shows him in his famous red chair. He captioned it, “Man, I’m really going to miss this chair.”
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Shelton completed his team on Tuesday night’s (March 21) episode of The Voice, . He turned his chair for a talented 19-year-old country singer named Grace West.
West performed a cover of Pam Tillis‘ classic hit, “Maybe It Was Memphis.” Both Shelton and Niall Horan turned their chairs for her performance.
While Horan made a good pitch, West seemed destined for Team Blake. Like West, Shelton started off as a teen songwriter in Nashville, but dreamed of being a singer and hearing his songs on the radio.
Shelton jumped into the most impactful part of his speech after that:
“I would be honored if you would join the last Team Blake as the last person that I will ever hit this freaking, worn out button for,” he said.
To no surprise, West named Shelton as her coach. She can say she’s the last-ever person to join Team Blake!
Shelton took a victory lap after West picked him. He proclaimed, “That’s it! That’s it! I’m finished!” as the other coaches congratulated him.
Longtime fans of The Voice may feel emotional watching Shelton turn his chair for the last time. Watch it all unfold in the video below.