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Which Artists Have Served as Blake Shelton's Battle Advisors on The Voice?
Some of the biggest names in country music have appeared on The Voice to help Team Blake.
But in addition to all the Artists who he helped coach, Shelton has brought some incredibly talented established musicians into the rehearsal room over the years to advise his team members in preparation for the Battle Round. The Battle Round, of course, is the first round of competition after the Blind Auditions, when two Artists from each team are paired up to duet on a song of the Coach's choosing and have received assistance from a Coach's Battle Advisor.
So who have been Team Blake's Battle Advisors?
Season 1, April 2011
Season 23 Mega Mentor Reba McEntire was the Battle Advisor for Team Blake way back in Season 1. (ET recently reported that McEntire was asked to be a Voice Coach ahead of Season 1 but turned it down!)
Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert
Season 2, February 2012
Kelly Clarkson, who joined the show as a Coach in Season 14, got her start as one of Shelton's 2 Battle Advisors in Season 2. She served alongside Miranda Lambert (who reappeared as a Battle Advisor to coach Shakira in Season 6).
Michael Bublé and Scott Hendricks
Season 3, September 2012
Shelton switched things up at bit in Season 3 when he invited crooner Michael Bublé to be his Battle Advisor. But, in case you thought it a strange choice, just know that Shelton covered Bublé's song "Home" on his own 2007 album, Pure BS, and had performed it with Bublé in a 2008 concert.
Scott Hendricks, on the other hand, is a famous country music producer who had produced several of Shelton's number one singles by the time Season 3 rolled around, including "She Wouldn't Be Gone," "Hillbilly Bone," with Trace Adkins, "All About Tonight," "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking," "Honey Bee," "God Gave Me You," "Drink on It," and "Over" (which hit number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart shortly before the season aired).
Season 4, March 2013
Team Blake was "Anything But Down" when they discovered that crossover artist Sheryl Crow was their Battle Advisor in Season 4. Crow, like Shelton, has strong ties to and a home in Nashville and the two recorded and released "Silent Night" together in 2013. (Last season on Shelton and Carson Daly's Barmageddon, Shelton and Crow joked about having once "hooked up.")
Season 5, September 2013
No need to "Turn Back Time": That was the incomparable Cher who Team Blake met in Season 5.
The Band Perry, Scott Hendricks, and Gwen Sebastian
Season 6, February 2014
The Band Perry—siblings Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry — joined Team Blake, super producer Scott Hendricks and Season 2 Team Blake singer-songwriter Gwen Sebastian in Season 6 in early 2014.
Chart-toppers The Band Perry opened for Shelton on the 2014 leg of his tour to support his album Based on a True Story..., while Sebastian was featured on the album's track, "My Eyes," which was released as a single in April and went to number one on Billboard's country charts.
Little Big Town and Colbie Caillat
Season 7, September 2014
The award-winning country quartet, Little Big Town—Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook—took a turn at advising Team Blake in Season 7.
Pop artists Colbie Caillat, perhaps best known for her break-out song, "Bubbly," her Jason Mraz duet "Lucky," and her Taylor Swift collaboration, "Breathe," also lent her considerable skills to Team Blake in the fall of 2014.
Season 8, February 2015
Team Blake got crucial assistance in their Battle Rounds this season from pop star Meghan Trainor. (Trainor went on to coach The Voice UK in January 2020.)
Season 9, September 2015
Country superstar Brad Paisley—who featured Shelton on his 2011 song "Don't Drink the Water"—joined Team Blake as a Battle Advisor in the ninth season. (Season 9 was also Gwen Stefani's second season as a Coach and the season that she and Shelton hit it off as more than coworkers.)
Season 10, February 2016
Following Stefani's second season as a Coach and the reported beginning of the couple's storybook romance, she briefly joined Team Blake as a Battle Advisor.
Season 11, September 2016
The legendary Bette Midler tried to be the "Wind Beneath [Their] Wings" for the Artists on Team Blake in Season 11.
"I didn't think there was a chance," Shelton said. "Every year the come to me and they're like, 'Hey, who do you want to be your mentor?' and every time I'm like, 'Bruce Springsteen, see if you can get Springsteen; Garth Brooks, see what Garth's up to; and, once again Bette Midler, see what she's doing.'"
"And I'll be damned if she wasn't doing anything!" he added. "So she came and did it. It's crazy."
Season 12, February 2017
Before country music star Luke Bryan became a judge on another singing competition show, he was a Team Blake Battle Advisor. (He and Shelton actually hosted the CMT Awards together in 2015.)
Season 13, September 2017
The incredibly successful country band Rascal Flatts—Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney—joined their long-time friend Shelton as Team Blake Battle Advisors in Season 13. The band first invited Shelton to tour with them in 2005, which he said in a 2019 interview on The Voice was a revelation for him.
"I think the tour that had the biggest impact on me as an artist coming up was when I toured with Rascal Flatts," he said. "I remember seeing Rascal Flatts come out on stage and they’re just running around and acting crazy, they’re entertaining the audience. It was energy I’d never seen before in country music."
"I remember going back to my band after the first weekend and going 'Hey, we’re gonna have to get some cordless things so we can walk around, and our clothes suck — clearly,'" he told The Voice producers. "'We gotta step this thing up if we’re gonna make it in country music.' So I learned a lot from those guys."
Season 14, February 2018
Country music legend Trace Adkins—who counts among his successes the crossover hit "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"—has been recording with Shelton since the Hendricks-produced "Hillbilly Bone" in 2011. The pair, who have repeatedly performed together, came together to coach Team Blake for the Battle Rounds in Season 14.
It was not, however, Adkins' first televised competition: He was the runner-up on the first-ever Celebrity Apprentice in 2008 and then won the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice in 2013.
Adkins and Shelton reunited in 2019 for the song "Hell Right," which Shelton released on his album, Fully Loaded: God's Country, and then for Adkins' 2021 single, "If I Was A Woman." In between, Shelton officiated Adkin's autumn 2019 wedding.
Season 15, September 2018
Australian country music sensation—and husband to Nicole Kidman—Keith Urban took a turn as a Team Blake Battle Advisor in Season 15. But his short tour on The Voice wasn't his only time on the franchise: He served as a coach on The Voice Australia in 2012, 2021, and 2022. (He also served as a judge on American Idol from 2013-2016.)
Brooks & Dunn
Season 16, February 2019
Country Music Hall of Famers Brooks & Dunn—made up of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn— joined Team Blake as Battle Advisors in 2019. Though they technically split up in 2010 to pursue solo careers, they first reunited for a series of shows in Las Vegas with Reba McEntire in 2015.
Then, while Season 16 was airing, Brooks & Dunn released their first studio album in more than a decade: Reboot, in which the duo performed many of their hits with other country artists. In December 2021, Shelton featured Brooks & Dunn on a new track of his expanded May 2021 album Body Language (Deluxe): "Throw It On Back."
Season 17, September 2019
Darius Rucker—who '90s kids might first and foremost recognize as the lead singer of heartland rock band Hootie & The Blowfish—joined Team Blake as a Battle Advisor in Season 17, just over a decade into his career as a solo country artist.
Season 18, February 2020
Singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha first appeared on The Voice in Season 16, serving as the "fifth Coach" on the second installment of the digital companion series The Comeback Stage. She then joined Team Blake as a Battle Advisor on Season 18.
Season 19, October 2020
Country artist Kane Brown—who dueted with Brooks & Dunn on their 2019 album Reboot—joined Team Blake as a Battle Advisor in Season 19. He later performed his song, "Different Man," with Blake Shelton on Season 22's live finale in December 2022. The studio version of the pairing was released as part of Brown's 2022 album Different Man.
Dan + Shay
Season 20, March 2021
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, who make up the pop-country duo Dan + Shay, might have been Battle Advisors for Team Blake in 2021, but it wasn't their first time on Shelton's side: Along with The Band Perry, they were one of the opening acts on the 2014 leg of his Ten Times Crazier Tour in support of his Based on a True Story... album.
Season 21, September 2021
Another Season 15 finale performer, country music star Dierks Bentley, joined Team Blake as a Battle Advisor for Season 21.
Season 22, September 2022
Jimmie Allen, who only released his first single in 2018, joined Team Blake as a Battle Advisor in Season 22. It was already well known that he was on American Idol in 2011 but failed to make it to the semi-finals—and was subsequently signed to a record deal without the show and has since become an award-winning country artist. But Allen admitted on The Voice that Idol wasn't the only one for which he'd auditioned before making it big.
"I've tried out for The Voice twice," he told Shelton on the show.
"What did they tell you?" Shelton asked.
"Nuh-uh," Allen replied, laughing.
Season 23 Battle Advisors
Season 23 will be the first-ever season without Battle Advisors, though country icon and media mogul Reba McEntire will join the Coaches as the Mega Mentor for the Knockout Rounds. Instead, in an all-new twist for the Battle Rounds, each Coach will get a “Playoff Pass” that allows both Artists in a battle to advance. The winner of the battle will skip the Knockouts and advance directly to the playoffs, while the other Artist will advance to the Knockouts. Each Coach has one Playoff Pass to use, in addition to one steal.