Country music superstar Blake Shelton is not afraid of a little bit of competition.
The 41-year-old singer, who in September will mark his 13th season on NBC’s “The Voice,” currently holds the title as the coach with the most wins.
His recent victories on the show have led him to become quite confident about his coaching strategy. So much so that he’s using his confidence to intimidate his co-stars ahead of the new season.
“When I think of the other coaches and this season. It’s going to be some of what we have seen before with Adam [Levine] and his ego,” a self-assured Blake told “Extra.” “Then we have Miley [Cyrus,] who’s a returning coach; she’s changed, she’s turned a dial. She’s country now and that’s an insult to me and I take it personally, so she’s on my hit list.”
“The jury’s still out on Jennifer [Hudson] so far,” he added of the newest coach to join the panel. “She’s a sweet person, I like her a lot, beautiful girl, but that doesn’t matter … she is also my competition, so forget her.”
If the trash talking isn’t enough to get his co-stars shaking in their boots, the singer has called on Rascal Flatts to serve as key advisors for Team Blake. But, of course, there’s one other person he can’t help but miss.
“I hope Gwen [Stefani] comes around this season,” he jokingly admitted of his girlfriend, who coached alongside her beau during season 12. “It would be a lot better to have her here than these guys right here,” he said, pointing to Rascal Flatts. “But sometimes you take what you can get.”
“The Voice” returns on Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.