“Gwen Stefani is an icon,” raves Shelton of The Voice‘s new coach in a sneak preview video touting the NBC show’s Sept. 22 premiere. “The level of brilliance Gwen and Pharrell brought into the game . . . I absolutely did not see this coming.”
Despite the niceties he’s sharing with his fellow coaches, Shelton tells Us Weekly he’s willing to do battle at all costs to make his team stand out.
“I’ve been a liar from day one. When we sit down there in those blind auditions and spill our guts and make our pitches to get artists on our teams, I’m willing to stoop to any level,” the coach tells Us. “I’m just a scumbag, and I admit it!”
To get Levine and Williams’ take on Stefani’s debut on the series, watch the video above before the show premieres Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. (EST) on NBC.