Niall Horan, Reba McEntire, Gwen Stefani And John Legend Join Forces For An Epic Performance During ‘The Voice’

Season 24 of The Voice premieres Monday, September 25 at 8/7c on NBC.

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Posted on September 25, 2023

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Niall Horan, Reba McEntire, Gwen Stefani And John Legend; Photo Courtesy of The Voice

Niall Horan, Reba McEntire, Gwen Stefani and John Legend teamed up for an epic performance of the Eagles’ “Take It Easy” during The Voice on Monday evening (Sept. 25).

Surrounded by a live audience, the Season 24 coaches joined forces to deliver a stunning performance of the classic rock hit. 

The performance kicks off with Horan and Legend tackling the first verse of the song before Stefani and McEntire join the pair for the chorus.

“Take It easy, take it easy/ Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy/ Lighten up while you still can/ Don’t even try to understand/ Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy,” Horan, Legend, McEntire and Stefani sang in perfect harmony of the tune’s chorus.

Watch Their All-Star Performance Of “Take It Easy” Below

Written by Jackson Browne and Eagles band member Glenn Frey, “Take It Easy” was released in May 1972 and serves as the Eagles’ debut single. 

The tune, which also is the opening track of the band’s eponymous debut album, peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has become one of their signature songs. “Take It Easy” is also listed as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Star-Studded Panel Of Coaches

The performance marked the official kick-off of Season 24 of The Voice, ushering in the new star-studded panel of coaches, which includes Niall Horan, John Legend, Reba McEntire and Gwen Stefani. 

Niall Horan returns for his second consecutive season, alongside Gwen Stefani and John Legend, both of whom have made their comebacks to The Voice following a brief hiatus. 

Courtesy of The Voice
Courtesy of The Voice

Meanwhile, Reba McEntire is making her debut as a coach on The Voice, replacing Blake Shelton, who announced his decision to step down from the singing competition earlier this year. Shelton appeared on The Voice for a total of 23 Seasons and holds the title of the longest and winningest coach in the history of the show with nine wins.

Reba McEntire Jokes “I’m Gonna Win This Sucker”

On Tuesday (Sept. 19), The Voice released a promo clip that offered fans a sneak peek at McEntire’s winning strategy as well as showed a snippet of this season’s contestants. 

“What I plan on doing is… I’m channeling Blake [Shelton]. I’m gonna win this sucker,” McEntire joked. “I am thrilled to be sitting in Blake’s chair, I hope I do it justice.” 

She also shared that she has been “blown away” by this season’s contestants. “I’m definitely glad to be a coach,” the 68-year-old country music icon continued. “I’ve been in this business going on 50 years, and so hopefully I’ll be able to give some of the pointers that people were sweet enough to give me and also the things that I’ve learned on my own the hard way.”

When it comes to being a coach on The Voice, McEntire admitted that there is one thing that she will be looking for and that is “songs that touch my heart.”

“I want people on my team that I want to work with because they touched my heart and soul,” McEntire added.

McEntire Winning Strategy Is Unlike Anything The Voice Has Ever Seen

She also has her own winning approach and promises it’s unlike anything the show has ever seen before. 

“I am going to have my game plan ready to go, and we’ve all been talking about it, so it’s going to be something brand new The Voice has never seen it before,” McEntire said during an interview with Access Hollywood. “I don’t have competition. You know, we’re smoking. We’re going to be really rocking it.”

“[Blake’s got] big boots. I don’t know what size those boots are, but they’re big, so I’m gonna really work hard to make him proud,” she also previously told PEOPLE

McEntire Previously Appeared On The Voice

Reba McEntire may be joining as the newest coach, but she is certainly no stranger to the show. She was originally supposed to be cast in the inaugural season of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series, but ended up turning down the opportunity before it first debuted in 2011. 

The “Does He Love You” singer later joined the show briefly as Shelton’s battle round advisor and most recently appeared on the latest season of the show as a Mega Mentor. 

“When I was doing the mega mentor, it was so much fun. I was totally interested in the kids when they would come in and sing. So talented. That is just a refreshing thing to be around talented people,” the country icon told Access Hollywood. “I love it. And if I can help anybody with anything I’ve learned over the last 48 years, then I think that’s my duty to do that, and I’m going to enjoy doing it.”

Reba McEntire; Photo Courtesy of Tyler Golden/NBC
Reba McEntire; Photo Courtesy of Tyler Golden/NBC

Season 24 of The Voice premieres Monday, September 25 at 8/7c on NBC.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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