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How Do Dan + Shay Decide to Push Their Button on The Voice?

"We’re trying to communicate, to see if we’re on the same page,” one half of the Coaching duo said. 

By James Grebey

The country-pop duo Dan + Shay are the first pair of Coaches in The Voice history. Although Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are two separate people, they only have one button between their special two-seater Chair, and they’re competing as one team against John Legend, Chance the Rapper, and Reba McEntire. If that seems like it has the potential to be logistically complicated… you’re not wrong. After two episodes of The Voice Season 25, Dan + Shay are still working out the kinks. 

How to Watch

Watch the Season 26 premiere of The Voice on Monday, September 23 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock. 

“We agree on pretty much everything,” Smyers announced during the opening moments of Monday night's season premiere — only to be undercut when he and Mooney couldn’t agree on which one of them would sit on the right and who would sit on the left. 

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“We’re working on who pushes the button. We’re trying to communicate, to see if we’re on the same page,” Smyers said later in the premiere.

“It’s kind of a learning curve to see how this whole thing goes,” Mooney admitted. “We may be new, but this isn’t our first rodeo. We are here to win.”

Do Dan + Shay Have Any Rules as Coaches?

Dan + Shay appear in Season 25 Episode 1of The Voice

There wasn’t any major miscommunication between the pair in the first or second episodes of the season, as they managed to press or not press the button with seeming agreement between the two of them. Still, Team Dan + Shay has the potential for a dramatic slip-up in a way that the other solo Coaches’ teams don’t. To that end, in the second episode, Mooney tried to set some ground rules for how they would handle their button-pressing, vetoes, and blocks. 

“We have to have rules about pressing the button. If you press the button, then I press the button. Then we keep alternating,” Mooney said, as Smyers played on his phone, clearly not paying attention. 

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Each of them would get one, but only one, veto of the other's picks, Smyers suggested. As for Blocks? 

“If you block an artist without my approval, you’re going to spend 10 minutes in the timeout room,” Smyers said, and indeed there does appear to be a timeout room — though one hopes it’s just a joke, as this entire skit seemed to be.

If Team Dan + Shay has any chance of winning The Voice, they’re going to have to be on the same page one way or another. So far, so good, but we’ll have to wait and see if a major disagreement pops up between the duo.

New episodes of The Voice air Mondays at 8/7c and Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC, and via next day streaming on Peacock.