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Blake Shelton on the set of “The Voice”.
After 445 episodes, 23 seasons and 12 years, Blake Shelton says goodbye to “The Voice”.
The country star, who has coached the NBC singing competition series since its inception in 2011, marked his final taping of the show with an emotional Instagram post to his verified account on Tuesday, calling the moment “sweet -bitter”.
“When we signed on for Season 1, I don’t think any of us knew what it was going to be,” Shelton wrote. “Over the past 12 years, I’ve made lifelong friends and memories.”
One of those lifelong friends, of course, is wife and fellow “Voice” coach Gwen Stefani, whom he met on the show in 2014. The couple wed in 2021.
Shelton also made sure to acknowledge the up-and-coming singers he mentored during his ‘Voice’ tenure, writing, “I’ve had the great opportunity to coach some truly talented artists, 9 who have won #TeamBlake wins. “, adding how nice it was to “watch these artists grow so much from the show.”
“Thank you all,” Shelton concluded, adding “the team, the coaches, the competitors, the fans and my wife who made these some great years.”
Season 23 of “The Voice” comes to an end on Tuesday night with the second part of its live finale, revealing which coaching staff – newcomers Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan, alongside returning coaches Kelly Clarkson and Shelton – will win the victory.
Last week, NBC announced that Reba McEntire would join the coaching panel for Season 24 of the show along with Stefani, John Legend and Horan.
“The Voice” airs live at 9 p.m. EST/PST on NBC.