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George Strait Was Blake Shelton's Ultimate Surprise During The Voice Finale
Shelton's send-off was packed with heartwarming moments.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house during The Voice Season 23 finale on May 23 when longtime Coach Blake Shelton bid farewell to the red chair. In honor of Shelton's departure, he received numerous visits from Artists and Coaches of The Voice history past.
And it got even more heartwarming once a bunch of legacy Team Blake Artists took the stage for Shelton's tribute. Delivering a rendition of Green Day's "Time of Your Life", Shelton was in awe once he spotted Season 1's Dia Frampton and Xenia, Season 2's Jermaine Paul, Season 3's Cassadee Pope, Season 4's Danielle Bradbery and Swon Brothers, Season 18's Todd Tilghman, Season 19's Ian Flanigan, and Season 22's Bryce Leatherwood. But the amazement didn't end there.
While giving his former Artists a big hug, The Voice host Carson Daly snagged Shelton's attention for another goodbye present. "There’s just one more special person who wanted to say something to you," Carson revealed. "Blake, have a look, here it is…”
It was none other than country music legend George Strait, one of Shelton's biggest idols and inspirations. Strait had some kind words for Shelton in honor of his final episode, and to say Shelton was honored is an understatement.
“Hey Blake, just wanted to say congratulations on the successful run you had at The Voice," he said. "You really stole the show man, you really did."
"So, congratulations on that, and I wish you the best of luck on whatever you decide to do next," Strait concluded. "I’m sure you’ll do great on whatever it is, and I’ll see you out there on the road sometime."
Strait has made many musical cameos on The Voice throughout the years via Artist performances from Team Blake. Season 22's Leatherwood performed a rousing rendition of Strait's "Amarillo by Morning" during the Live Top 13 Performances. Before this, Shelton jumped onstage with Jordan Matthew Young during the Season 21 finale to deliver a high-energy set of Strait's "All My Ex's Live in Texas."
“George Strait is my hero on lots of different levels..." Shelton revealed in February during a Q&A session in Las Vegas. "I want to do everything like George Strait."