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Reba McEntire's History with The Voice, from Mega Mentor to Season 24 Coach
That's right: Reba McEntire is going to be a Coach next season on The Voice!
The Queen of Country was a Mega Mentor on Season 23 of The Voice, working alongside Coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper, and Niall Horan during the Knockout Rounds. It's clear why McEntire was chosen for the role considering she's won three Grammy Awards and 14 awards from the Academy of Country Music.
"Our Mega Mentor this season is one of the greatest country Artists of all time," Shelton declared in a preview, with Chance adding, "She's a legend in the industry."
And now, she's joining the family full time as a Coach for The Voice Season 24! News was announced in May 2023 that McEntire will be a Coach for the 24th season of the show alongside Gwen Stefani, Niall Horan, and John Legend. In honor of this exciting development, we're looking back at McEntire's history on The Voice. Read, below, for more info.
Reba was a Battle Advisor on Season 1
The "Fancy" singer made her debut on The Voice as a Battle Advisor to Team Blake on Season 1. She clearly had a blast filming the show, because she'd go on to appear several more times — including, eventually, as a Coach.
Reba had a truly unforgettable fan encounter on The Voice
When McEntire returned as a mentor for the Top 12 in Season 8, she had the opportunity to meet a huge fan: Hannah Kirby's mom, who never thought she would be graced with McEntire's presence.
"You're so high up; I didn't even put you on my bucket list," she shared, before touching McEntire's red locks. "I'm going to have to take a piece of your hair."
Suffice to say, she didn't get a lock of hair, but it was worth trying?
She was considered for a red chair before Blake Shelton
McEntire's dedication to helping others grow in their careers made her a natural fit as a mentor — so much so, she was considered as a Coach for the inaugural season of The Voice. But it was her kindhearted nature that made the Reba star turn down the offer.
"It was a very popular show in Holland, I'm pretty sure, and I watched the tape, and I said, 'No, I'm going to pass on that,' because I don't think I could ever be able to tell somebody that they're terrible or go find another job or hope you like your nighttime job," she explained on Watch What Happens Live in 2022. "I couldn't do that day in and day out."
McEntire is Season 23's Mega Mentor
Fans of the Country Music Hall of Fame Artist got to see her work with The Voice Season 23 Artists during the Knockout rounds.
McEntire is announced as a Coach for The Voice Season 24 and Season 25
Looks like she's had a change of heart since that WWHL interview. McEntire is bringing her Voice experience full circle by becoming a Coach for Season 24, NBC Insider announced on May 15.
But it's not a short-term commitment, either. Reba will also be a Coach in Season 25 of The Voice. John Legend, Chance The Rapper, and the first-ever Coaching duo, Dan + Shay, will join her. Season 25 of The Voice premieres spring 2024.