The Voice

Reba McEntire replacing Blake Shelton on The Voice

Reba McEntire will replace Blake Shelton as a coach on The Voice for Season 24. (NBC Photo)

Reba McEntire will replace Blake Shelton as a coach on The Voice for Season 24. (NBC Photo)


The Voice has announced its new coaching lineup for Season 24 and answered that big question.

Who will take Blake Shelton’s place in one of the big red chairs?

The answer: Reba McEntire, of course.

I mean, that was obvious to me as soon as she was announced as the Season 23 mega mentor.

She’s popular. She’s used to being in front of TV cameras. She’s funny.

And she’ll slip right into Blake Shelton’s shoes as a fan favorite country artist coaching on the show.

Unfortunately, the rest of the Season 23 coaching lineup is a snooze fest — John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Niall Horan.

Wow, the feuding potential as they vie for artists is off the charts, right?

Well, not really.

Anyway, honestly, I care much more about the format for Season 24 than who’s filling those big red chairs.

Because if Voice executive producers plan on giving us another season with crappy gimmicks like the playoffs pass, only two weeks of live voting and a format where singers make the semifinals based on two or three solo performances and one duet, the best coaching quartet in the world can’t save the show’s integrity as a legitimate singing competition.

While, we’re naming names, let’s list the executive production team responsible for serving up this Season 23 fiasco — John de Mol, Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson and Adam H. Sher.

Thanks for destroying what was once the best singing show on TV, ladies and gents.

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  1. TiredofTripe May 16, 2023 at 10:27 am -  Reply

    Thank you Mark for calling out the executive producers who have continued to make “The Voice” about the coaches and the gimmicks.

    The “Idol” producers also need to be criticized for their manipulations, with voting, varying levels of airtime depending who they want to promote, wild cards given to contestants who they want, not who is most deserving, and the dominance of country singers.

    Neither show has judges/coaches give any criticism.

    • Idol Girl May 16, 2023 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

      Idol was good until Simon Cowell left. He nailed what I was often thinking about some of the performances.

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