In our recent poll that asked when Blake should ultimately think about retirement, a majority of readers voted that “Blake should never leave!” Rounding out our poll results, 20% said that he should exit after this fall’s 17th season, while 7% thought that he should leave after the 20th season, 3% voted after the 25th season, and 1% responded after the 30th season.
Blake was one of the original four coaches who started on “The Voice” alongside fellow music superstars Adam Levine, CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera. While CeeLo coached for four seasons and Christina appeared in six cycles, both Blake and Adam stuck it out for the first 16 editions of the show. Adam was pegged to return in Season 17 this fall, but then he unexpectedly quit after posting on Instagram that “it was time to move on.” That means Blake now has bragging rights for being the only coach to appear in all 17 seasons, as he’ll soon be joined by Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen Stefani.
Throughout his 16 seasons as coach, Blake has been responsible for six victories: Jermaine Paul (Season 2), Cassadee Pope (Season 3), Danielle Bradbery (Season 4), Craig Wayne Boyd (Season 7), Sundance Head (Season 11) and Chloe Kohanski (Season 13). In the most recent season, Blake had three of the four artists in the finale (Gyth Rigdon, Dexter Roberts and Andrew Sevener) but they all ended up losing to Maelyn Jarmon of Team Legend.
Below, see a sampling of comments from “The Voice” fans who don’t want Blake to ever leave the show. Do you agree or disagree with our readers’ poll results? Sound off down in the comments section.
Sandi Parkinson: “Blake is the best coach. He makes the show! He needs to continue or the show won’t make it. The cowboy needs to stay! Fans love him…he’s hilarious and fans will stop watching it if he leaves!”
Brenda: “I love Blake on the show. He definitely makes the show. I probably will quit watching it when Blake leaves.”
Cindi F: “I agree Blake needs to stay on the show! I will miss him and Adam and the joking around. They made a good team.”
Lynda: “If Blake leaves there will be no ‘Voice’! Also, if Gwen is going to be a legit coach she needs to stop the flirty, Blakey bull and be a coach!”
Sammy: “I think he’ll retire after season 18 when he fulfills his contract. Adam had signed on for seasons 17 & 18 right before he left so Blake probably signed on for the same amount of time considering their contracts have always been pretty identical.”
Gloria: “Blake Shelton is ‘The Voice’ — the show will die without him on it, ratings will fall out of sight.”