On Tuesday, May 23, The Voice announced its latest winner and Blake Shelton bids farewell to 'The Voice', who is leaving the NBC show after 23 seasons. It was an emotional night. Shelton was looking to end his time on the show with another win, but Team Niall (Horan) took the crown when America voted Gina Miles, a 19-year-old from Illinois, as the winner of Season 23. In the end, Team Blake's Grace West came in second.
But during the show, his wife and former teacher on The Voice, Gwen Stefani, surprised him with a touching tribute. Even though she couldn't be there in person, Gwen recorded a heartfelt message for the country singer. It was played during the show, and both the viewers and Blake were moved by her gesture.
Adam Levine, the show's first coach, came back to the stage to say goodbye to his friend and former co-star. Other former judges, including Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, CeeLo Green, Camila Cabello, Usher, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, and Nick Jonas, also sent video greetings.
Team Shelton had two singers in the race, but Team Niall won Season 23 with Gina Miles. Grace West, another contestant, came in second. Former judges and show staff said goodbye to Shelton with videos and hugs, and his wife Gwen Stefani, who he met when she was a coach on the show in 2014, sent him a video message about how much she loves him.
When I first came on the show, our lives were having this parallel destruction happening and then next thing you know Blake and I start becoming besties and falling in love. It's hard for me to even talk about it without getting super emotional.- Gwen Stefani
Shelton said that meeting Stefani on the show was "the greatest thing that's ever happened to me in my life."
Over the course of five years, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's friendship grew stronger. In October 2020, Blake asked Gwen to marry him. On July 3, 2021, they got married in a small ceremony that Carson Daly, the star of The Voice, presided over. At the moment, the couple splits their time between their home in Los Angeles and their ranch in Oklahoma, where they spend time with Gwen's three boys with her ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale: Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo.
Shelton also made sure to thank the young singers he's helped during his time on "The Voice." He wrote:
I’ve had the great opportunity to coach some really talented artists, 9 who have taken home #TeamBlake wins and how nice it’s been to watch these artists grow so much from the show.- Blake Shelton
Last week, NBC said that Reba McEntire will join Stefani, John Legend, and Horan as a coach for Season 24 of the show.
Blake Shelton is leaving the popular singing television show The Voice, and fans will miss seeing him on the show. But Gwen Stefani's touching tribute is a reminder of how long they loved each other and how much they changed each other's lives.
"The Cowboy's" time as an original coach on The Voice came to an end on Tuesday. As host Carson Daly put it, "The Cowboy" had "pushed his button nearly 600 times, coached over 300 artists, worn 210 pairs of boots, and drunk 100 gallons of whatever is in his cup."
The country star has been a coach on the NBC singing competition show since it began in 2011. On Tuesday, he wrote an emotional post on his verified Instagram account about his last practice for the show. He called the moment "bittersweet."