Howdy, y’all! On Monday, Nov. 9, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani returned to The Voice for the very first Live Show since Us Weekly exclusively broke the news that the costars are dating.
Though host Carson Daly did not acknowledge the new relationship at the top of the show, it was the unspoken elephant in the room. Team Adam Levine and Team Gwen Stefani competed for America’s votes, and for the first time in Voice history, coaches got the chance to bring back their favorite artists.
“I just feel so blessed to be part of all of this,” Stefani, 46, declared early in the night.
After Stefani’s contestant Victor Kiraly wowed with his cover of Lisa Stansfield‘s 1989 hit “All Around the World,” Shelton jokingly noted, “It’s fun to see Gwen just whip the crap out of Adam tonight. Man, it makes me so happy. I mean, just seeing Gwen beat the crap…” Levine then let out a loud fake laugh and started clapping to interrupt the country singer.
The Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, and Knockouts were previously taped after Shelton, 39, and Stefani had split from their respective spouses, Miranda Lambert and Gavin Rossdale, this past summer. But Monday night’s show marked the first time Shelton and Stefani had appeared as a couple on NBC’s hit singing competition. Both Lambert and Rossdale have previously served as celebrity mentors on The Voice.
Stefani’s rep exclusively confirmed to Us on Nov. 4 that the two Voice coaches are dating, just hours before the 2015 Country Music Association Awards aired live.
“Gwen and Blake are longtime friends who have very recently started dating,” Stefani’s spokesperson told Us at the time.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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