Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy of NBC
Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy of NBC

Blake Shelton Celebrates 20 Seasons On ‘The Voice,’ Says Kelly Clarkson Is “Still A Rookie” Compared To Him

Blake Shelton is celebrating his twentieth season and tenth year of being a coach on NBC’s The Voice.

In a new clip shared on YouTube, the “Minimum Wage” singer shared that he can’t even believe that it has been 20 season, adding, “I can’t believe I have sat in this chair now for the twentieth season.”

Shelton then joked that “even Kelly [Clarkson] is still a rookie compared to me.” Clarkson didn’t take lightly to his comment calling her a rookie and it prompted a response from her.

“Blake wins a Season and all of a sudden he’s feeling like he’s king again but Nick keeps calling him out,” Clarkson said.

“Blake’s a bully,” Nick Jonas added. “Blake is a big big bully. He won the last season I was on and I didn’t and it rubbed me the wrong way.”

Jonas shared that he is “not against Blake,” before Clarkson chimed in urging a contestant to join Team Legend saying, “I am totally going against Blake, I think you should go with John [Legend].”

Shelton then labeled his fellow coaches attempts to gang up on him “desperate” as he says it “takes three of them to gang up on me to beat me, it is what it is.”

“It makes me happy to see the other coaches team up against me I think it’s cute, it’s desperate, all three of them have to get together to try and beat little ol’ me, I mean it’s funny,” Shelton added.

“Country music has been my life since I was 14/15 years old and now what’s exciting for me is to find new young talent,” Shelton said. “This is our tenth year anniversary and it’s unbelievable that the talent level just keeps getting better, 20 seasons now of being a coach on this show and I still love my job.”

During Shelton’s time on The Voice, he is the most awards coach, having won seven of the show’s 20 seasons including Todd Tilghman, Chloe Kohanski, Sundance Head, Craig Wayne Boyd, Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope and Jermaine Paul.

Shelton, Clarkson, Legend will return as this season’s coaches with Season 18 coach Nick Jonas returning to take Gwen Stefani’s chair, following her triumphant season with contestant Carter Rubin taking home the title. Carson Daly will return as the show’s host.

Darren Criss, Luis Fonsi, Brandy, Dan + Shay will be joining this season. Criss will advise for Team Nick Jonas, Fonsi will advise Team Kelly Clarkson. Brandy will be the advisor for Team John Legend and Dan + Shay will advise Team Blake Shelton.

The Voice premieres on Monday, Mar. 1 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

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