Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani famously went from platonic pals to cooing lovebirds on The Voice singing competition. And although the upcoming season of The Voice features Blake but not Gwen as a coach, the country music crooner is determined to bring back his pop music princess to the popular TV show, according to Radar Online‘s insider.
Fans of The Voice are counting down the days to the debut of Season 11. But with only about a month before the premiere, Blake is already looking ahead to Season 12. With his eyes on the prize of having his girlfriend by his side, Shelton is determined to get producers to agree to concoct a contract for Stefani, revealed the insider.
“Blake is seriously pushing for the higher-ups to offer Gwen a contract for Season 12!”
The source revealed that Shelton even challenged the producers of The Voice, informing them that they “would be really foolish” if they failed to fulfill his request.
Blake, 40, and Gwen, 46, began their relationship as coaches on The Voice initially. Although some fans were disappointed when the news broke that Christina Aguilera, 35, was replacing Shelton’s gal pal as a coach, they were comforted by the news that Stefani was taking on the role as a mentor for her boyfriend’s team.
But when Christina was bumped by Miley Cyrus, both Gwen and Blake were furious, according to the insider. So will The Voice executives give into Shelton’s request to bring back his girlfriend? The source pointed out that Blake’s bosses on The Voice are aware of the lovebirds’ chemistry and the resulting benefit to the all-important ratings.
“The Voice executives already know that Gwen and Blake together is ratings gold because they saw it last season.”
However, coming up with a contract is challenging, because the executive team wants the couple to agree to give The Voice “exclusivity” for certain aspects of their relationship. That’s resulted in a battle over inking their deals.
“Right now Blake, Gwen and the bosses are in a back and forth bidding war over their contracts because the bosses want them to sign over exclusivity for certain things,” added the insider.
To make sure that the agreements are clear, the bosses on The Voice are involved in figuring how to create separate contracts for each singer as well as a united deal for the lovebirds.
“They’re discussing a contract for him, a contract for Gwen and an added joint contract for whatever they require of them as a couple,” summed up the source.
However, if Stefani returns to The Voice, that means another coach has to get bumped. And if coach Adam Levine hs his way, it won’t be new coach Miley Cyrus. Levine has been raving about Cyrus, who together with Alicia Keys will make history as the first time two female coaches have been on The Voice, reported the Daily Mail.
At 23, Miley also is the youngest coach, and Adam believes that she provides a much-needed new perspective.
“[Cyrus is] the youthful spirit that we’ve been missing.”
Will Miley and Alicia succeed in boosting ratings for The Voice so high that executives will refuse to bring back Stefani, despite Shelton’s wishes? The show is taking a risk in bringing on two new female coaches.
“I don’t know that we’ve ever had a shake-up like season eleven,” admitted Blake.
But even if The Voice fails to follow through to meet the country crooner’s demands for Stefani to be on the show with him, there is reportedly another opportunity for the couple to flaunt their affection on TV. Executives are considering giving Blake and Gwen their own spin-off show, according to OK‘s sources.
The spin-off series is described as a variety show, with the chemistry between Stefani and Shelton included as part of the charm. Both Stefani and Shelton are skilled at discovering new talent, as evidenced by their performances on The Voice as coaches.
“There are a bunch of ideas in the works to give the two of them a variety-type show,” revealed one of the insiders.
“There’s no doubt about their chemistry, and they’re also very in sync when it comes to finding talent.”
Although a spin-off would mean that Blake would have to juggle his music career with his job as a coach on The Voice along with the new series, he loves to work with Gwen. And the feeling is mutual.
“They really love being on TV together,” added one of OK‘s sources.
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