Country Rock Musician Blake Shelton Bids Emotional Farewell to 'The Voice' in Season 23's Finale
Country music superstar Blake Shelton bid a bittersweet farewell to The Voice in the grand finale of Season 23. After an impressive run as an original coach on the show, Blake's departure marked the end of an era. Host Carson Daly paid tribute to Blake's remarkable journey on the show, highlighting his numerous accomplishments. From pushing his button nearly 600 times to coaching over 300 artists, Blake had left an indelible mark on the series.
As the night unfolded, it became clear that Blake's farewell season wouldn't end with a victory. Despite his two talented finalists, NOIVAS and Grace West, placing fifth and second respectively, it was the rookie coach Niall Horan who emerged as the winner with his artist Gina Miles. While some fans may have been surprised or disappointed by the outcome, the evening remained a celebration of Blake's incredible career on the show.
can't get enough of @niallofficial and @blakeshelton pic.twitter.com/w4IfFO5WGq— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) May 23, 2023
As mentioned by Yahoo!Entertainment, the finale was filled with touching moments and special appearances. Former coach and close friend Adam Levine returned to perform with Maroon 5 and paid tribute to Blake at the beginning of the show.
Another original coach, CeeLo Green, kicked off the festivities with a medley of '80s songs alongside Team Blake winners and fan favorites. Past panelists sent their well-wishes through pre-taped messages, showcasing the impact Blake had on the show and the lives of those he worked with.
winner winner !!!! it's literally perfect pic.twitter.com/GC5YvHLljG— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) May 24, 2023
One of the most heartwarming moments of the night was when Blake's wife, Gwen Stefani, expressed her gratitude for The Voice, as it was the reason they met and fell in love. Gwen's absence from the finale didn't dampen the sentiment as she shared her appreciation in a pre-recorded segment. She even surprised Blake by arranging for his original Voice chair to be sent to their Oklahoma ranch.
Can't believe it's been 23 seasons of @nbcthevoice... and especially can't believe today is my final episode. It's bittersweet. When we signed up for season 1, I don't think any of us knew what this was going to be.. These past 12 years I have made lifelong friends and memories.… pic.twitter.com/scriyGN8Re— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) May 23, 2023
The finale featured standout performances from the top contestants, including duets and group numbers that showcased their talent and versatility. Blake himself took the stage with NOIVAS and Grace, delivering a memorable performance of Michael Bublé's Home and his own song, Lonely Tonight.
As the night drew to a close, Blake Shelton's departure was marked by a poignant scene of him carrying a box of his personal effects, symbolizing the end of his journey on The Voice. However, as Gwen Stefani rightly pointed out, Blake's legacy will live on, even as the show continues without him.
While Blake may have bid farewell to The Voice, fans can still look forward to seeing him in other endeavors. There were hints of a new sitcom with Niall Horan, titled The Oddest Couple, which aired its unofficial pilot during the finale. Additionally, Niall will return as the reigning champion in the upcoming season, joined by Reba McEntire, Gwen Stefani, and John Legend as coaches.
EPICCCCC @blakeshelton send-off performance by @CeeLoGreen, @bodielovesyou, @CamAnthony, @WendyMoten, and Chloe Kohanski ❤️🔥 pic.twitter.com/Ck2JmhqJFW— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) May 24, 2023
Blake Shelton's impact on the show and the music industry will never be forgotten. His coaching, humor, and genuine camaraderie with fellow coaches and contestants made him a beloved figure on the show. As fans bid their own farewell to the country rocker, they can cherish the memories and eagerly anticipate the next chapter in Blake's illustrious career.