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Niall Horan Reveals How He Really Feels About Working with Gwen Instead of Blake

Season 23 marked Blake Shelton's last-ever season of The Voice, but his wife Gwen Stefani is returning in his place.

By Jackie Manno
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Season 24 of The Voice will surely shake things up, as OG Coach Blake Shelton will not be coming back after a whopping 23 Seasons. However, his wife Gwen Stefani will fortunately make a much anticipated return to the red chair.

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In a recent interview with People, newbie Coach Niall Horan opened up about his feelings regarding the new lineup. 

"I'm going to miss [Blake], but I get to work with the other half of that marriage," he told the outlet. "I met Gwen at the afterparty for this season's Voice. She came and surprised Blake on the last night, and she was so funny and so cool, so I'm excited," he added, eager about the new opportunity. 

During Season 23, Horan and Shelton were known for their father-son like relationship on the show. Horan also told People about what Shelton's friendship meant to him during filming and behind the scenes. 

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"I'm going to miss him. He is not one of those famous friends, in my eyes. I think if I had met him outside of The Voice, I would have probably been friends with him anyway," he said. "Weirdly enough, we've got a lot in common, we’re quite similar people. Though not in dress sense."

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Similarly, in a recent interview with NBC Insider, Horan also explained how he feels about Shelton's absence for Season 24. 

"When I think of The Voice, I think Blake. And now that’s gone, but hopefully, he’s taught me enough that I can be as ignorant and as crazy as him,” he told us. 

Season 23 of The Voice was surely a successful one for Horan, as he scored a victory as a first time Coach when his team member Gina Miles ended up finishing in first place. Horan also told NBC Insider why he believes Miles made it as far as she did in the competition. 

"I still take that into performances I do now. You know, you've got three minutes on live television to do the best version of yourself and I think if you're prepared, you're half the battle. And just have fun. I think it's very easy to come on a show like The Voice — and be with a lot of really technically gifted singers — and take that serious because you're technically gifted. But you forget sometimes that you're on a TV show. and we're here to have fun, you know. I think Gina's done that so well. She really enjoyed it and gave us some moments that we'll never forget," he said.