Meet the New Coaches on 'The Voice' Joining Niall Horan in Season 24

Stephanie Harper - Author

Sep. 26 2023, Updated 9:23 p.m. ET

'The Voice' judges for Season 24
Source: NBC

The Gist:

  • In Season 24 of The Voice, Blake Shelton retired and Kelly Clarkson and Chance the Rapper are sitting this season out.
  • John Legend and Gwen Stefani are back after working on The Voice previously.
  • Season 24 is Reba McEntire's first time being a coach.
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It’s not surprising at all that The Voice has become one of NBC's longest-running singing competition shows of all time.

The Voice is currently in Season 24, which means a new batch of hopeful singers will be able to show off their talent in front of millions of viewers.

A new season also means that new coaches are being added to the mix. Every season of The Voice that has premiered so far has included some of the most talented musicians in the industry behind those turning chairs, and Season 24 isn’t going to break that pattern.

Here’s what everyone should know about the new coaches that will be showing their faces during Season 24. The new season premiered on Sept. 25, 2023.

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Who are the new coaches on 'The Voice' for Season 24?

Reba McEntire on 'The Voice' Season 24
Source: NBC

After Blake Shelton retired from the show, there was an obvious vacancy to fill. While the judges often rotate from season to season, Blake had been in 23 seasons. The replacement would surely need to be someone of equal star power.

So, NBC managed to convince none other than Reba McEntire to fill the gap. Another country star, she definitely has the celebrity status to draw attention.

Reba is a double threat, finding success in both music and acting. The icon has had over 100 singles hit the Billboard Hot Country charts and sold more than 75 million records. She's a seasoned veteran in the music industry, decorated with plenty of awards including seven recognitions for Academy of Country Music's Top Female Vocalist Awards.

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Kelly Clarkson also stepped away from the show this season. So, John Legend stepped in to take her place. He's not quite as "new" as Reba is, though. In the past, he served as a coach for six seasons. Plus, he even won Season 16. Having John back is certainly some steep competition for the other judges on the roster.

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John is a singer-songwriter who built his career behind-the-scenes, supporting other musicians, until catapulting into the definite spotlight in 2013 with his song "All of Me." Before becoming a shining star, he was still well respected by his peers with his music featuring production credits from Kanye West and on just his debut album.

Finally, Chance the Rapper departed from the show, too, this season. Gwen Stefani was tapped to join the crew. Maybe she was the true replacement for her husband, Blake? Gwen is no stranger to the show, being a part of the team seven times previously.

She is pop music royalty, for sure. Gwen started her career in the music group No Doubt before splitting off on her own solo journey. In the early 2000s, she became a household name and solidified her role in music history.

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Why did Blake Shelton leave ‘The Voice’ in 2023?

After more than a decade with the show, Blake announced his exit in a a lengthy Instagram post in October 2022.

"I’ve been wrestling with this for a while, and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step away from The Voice after next season," he wrote. "This show has changed my life in every way for the better, and it will always feel like home to me. It’s been a hell of a ride over these last 12 years of chair turns, and I want to thank everyone at The Voice from NBC."

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Blake described the lifelong bonds and friendships he created with fellow coaches and the fact that he met his wife, Gwen, on the show. He gave a shout-out to all of the talented singers who have impressed him over the years.

Blake ended the note by shouting out all of the fans who have been supportive of the show since day one.

Watch Niall, Gwen, John, and Reba on The Voice Mondays at 8 p.m. EST and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.

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