Blake Shelton Wasn’t First Pick for Country ‘The Voice’ Coach

Blake Shelton admits he wasn’t the “Voice” producers’ first choice to represent the country music community.

“If I’m not mistaken, they wanted Reba McEntire to be a coach on The Voice first,” the singer explained during a Voice event at his Nashville bar, Ole Red.

“Reba, at the time, for whatever reason – she couldn’t do it.”

Reba’s manager suggested booking another member of his roster for the coaching gig — Blake.

“So they…rolled the dice and said, ‘Okay, we’ll try him.’ So it was magical, the way it all happened,” Shelton adds.