Reba McEntire is ready to take her seat on the panel of celebrity coaches on The Voice.
The beloved country music icon confirmed that she would return to the show as a coach after serving as Mega Mentor this season (and serving as a Battle Advisor during the show’s first season in 2011). McEntire sat in outgoing coach Blake Shelton’s chair on The Voice no Monday evening (May 15), chatting with host Carson Daly about her return for season 24.
“I’m looking forward to being here with all of y’all,” McEntire said. “You’ve treated me so nicely. I appreciate the hospitality so much that you showed me earlier, and to be able to come in and form my team, I’m so looking forward to it.”
That’s when Shelton arrived, asking the “I’m A Survivor” legend, “you mind? I still have a week left.” Though McEntire declined at first — “no, I like this chair” — she ultimately stood up to allow Shelton to finish his final season. Shelton announced in October that season 23 would be his last season on the smash-hit NBC competition show. He admitted that he’d “been wrestling” with the decision for a while, and that the show has “changed my life in every way for the better and it will always feel like home to me.”
McEntire is set to join The Voice with veteran coach John Legend and returning coaches Niall Horan and Gwen Stefani next season. Watch her take Shelton’s seat here: