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‘The Voice’ Season 20 Premiere: Blake Shelton Recognizes an Old Friend within the Blind Auditions!

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The coaches on The Voice can typically be shocked within the Blind Audition rounds, whether or not it is by a hopeful contestant singing one among their songs, or an instrument or further voice becoming a member of within the combine. But on Monday’s season 20 premiere, Blake Shelton was shocked by one of many contestants themselves — an outdated pal of his from his early Nashville days!

Singer-songwriter Pete Mroz took the stage together with his acoustic guitar and impressed the coaches together with his rendition of the Steve Winwood/Blind Faith monitor “Can’t Find My Way Home,” incomes chair turns from Blake and John Legend. But he appeared most invested in Blake, pointing his finger on the nation celebrity as he turned to endorse him. 

“It sounds like there’s some history there, and that’s normally not a great thing with me,” Blake joked.

“I was in this group called the Young Riders,” Pete informed the coaches of his Nashville beginnings, explaining that he used to carry out beneath the identify Pete Mitchell. That’s when all of the items got here collectively to blow Blake’s thoughts.

“I was in a group, also, called the Young Riders,” Blake informed his fellow coaches. “I haven’t seen this guy in 25 years!”

As it seems, Pete and Blake had been members of the identical songwriting collective, with throwback on-stage photographs to show it — together with an anecdote a couple of bass participant who Blake might or might not have stolen from Pete’s band. And whereas Pete has loads of anecdotes about Blake and his “good hair” from again within the day, John wasn’t prepared to surrender the battle.

“I think the best way to get back at him for stealing your bass player, would be to disappoint him and join Team Legend,” he joked, as Blake argued that it was “time to get the band back together!”

Ultimately, the Nashville bond is simply too robust, and Pete admits he is “gotta go with the old cowboy,” becoming a member of Team Blake.

“It’s kind of like a full-circle moment for me,” Pete informed host Carson Daly backstage. “It’s kind of crazy to think that we sat around playing songs, and now here we are!”

Talk a couple of full circle second @pete_mroz! I’m excited to be working with you once more man!! #TeamBlake#TheVoicepic.twitter.com/96UsSf40kw

— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 2, 2021

As The Voice kicks off its twentieth season, and prepares to have a good time its tenth anniversary, ET sat down with the coaches, who all famous that there’s nonetheless one thing thrilling concerning the present’s “captivating” blind audition course of that followers love to observe.

“It’s all about the talent and not the aesthetic, right off the bat,” Kelly Clarkson defined. “It’s a really interesting thing to just hear something and be moved by it and turn around and go, ‘What?!'”

In reality, the performer and speak present host shared that the Blinds for season 20 “were my favorite Blinds to shoot. Like, it was so much fun. I literally kept coming home, thinking on my drive home, ‘I can’t believe I get paid to just go and hang out and it’s really fun.'”

“We’re so fortunate we get to do what we love to do and we’re so fortunate that we have art as such as an outlet for us creatively and emotionally,” John mentioned, additionally sharing his gratitude for the crew that makes their manufacturing a risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s not just a job, because we actually enjoy doing it. It’s fun to be around our coworkers and we get to make music with people who have dreams and are inspired and that’s exciting.”

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. PT/ET on NBC. See extra from the upcoming season within the video beneath.

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