'The Voice' Fans Have Strong Opinions About Reba McEntire Replacing Blake Shelton

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The Voice just announced who's set to replace Blake Shelton as a coach after season 23, and country fans couldn't be more ecstatic about it.

In October 2022, Blake announced his plans to step down as a coach after being on the show since day one. Recently, The Voice dropped a surprise by revealing that country superstar Reba McEntire will sit in his red chair for season 24. What's more, the NBC series announced she'll join current coach Niall Horan and season 22 mentors John Legend and Gwen Stefani to form the celebrity quartet competing to find the ultimate vocalist.

Shortly after the news broke, the "Fancy" singer shared her own excitement on Instagram. "There’s a new coach in town!" she captioned a video posted on May 15. "See you all this Fall!"

Given the fact Reba is a music legend, longtime viewers rejoiced when they learned she'd be the one taking over for Blake.

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"You NEVER stop surprising us. 👑 Looking forward to seeing you on The Voice. ❤️," one person declared in the Instagram post's comments section. "Brb gotta audition for The Voice!" a different user exclaimed. "Reba is a great one to replace Blake!!! Going to miss Blake but love Reba!!! ❤️🔥," another follower replied.

Folks know that Reba has a longstanding relationship with The Voice. The Big Sky alum first debuted as an advisor for Team Blake for the season 1 Battle rounds and later returned to mentor the top 12 in season 8. Fifteen seasons later, she came back as a Mega Mentor, giving competitors advice as they prepared for the Knockout rounds and a place on the live shows.

As for how Reba feels about her new role on The Voice, she spoke about it during the most recent episode. As she sat in her future chair, she told host Carson Daly how elated she is to take on such a big task.

"I'm looking forward to being here with all of y'all," she said. "You treated me so nicely. I appreciate the hospitality so much that you showed me earlier. To be able to come and form my own team, I'm so looking forward to it."

That said, Reba totally acknowledges that she has some tough coaching competition coming her way. "I do understand that I need to go razzle-dazzle with Gwen being on there," she joked to People. "Gwen's always got the nicest outfits, so I really need to step up my game on that."

Regardless, we're thrilled to see how Reba fares come season 24.

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