Today is National Coaches Day. It’s a special day we mark on our calendars to pay tribute to the men and women who push us past our limits and inspire us to be the best competitors we can be. And to recognize the holiday of sorts, The Voice coach Blake Shelton gave a shoutout to the best coach he knows—himself!
We can’t really argue with Shelton’s humble opinion either. During the show’s 21 seasons, the country crooner has coached eight singers to season wins. That makes Shelton the most winningest host on The Voice. Granted, he’s been on the series since the start, while the others have not. But he’s still way ahead of the other team leads.
And what’s most impressive about Shelton’s wins is that his singers haven’t all been country artists. In fact, his most recent winner was the 19-year-old indie singer Cam Anthony. He took home the crown after covering the Fine Young Cannibals hit She Drives Me Crazy. While celebrating his feat, Cam took a moment to recognize his coach and point out that the genre-crossing didn’t get in their way.
“Well, Blake, we’ve talked about this before – how unlikely this pairing was,” Cam Anthony from The Voice stage. “And, um, honestly, this has been the time of my life just being able to explore my artistry on this show. And, have as much fun with it as possible.”
So we can all agree that Blake Shelton is a great coach. And he Tweeted that sentiment today. Obviously, he was just being playful, but everyone knows it’s true.
“We know @NBCTheVoice isn’t on tonight,” he wrote. “But it’s #NationalCoachesDay… and we kinda know the best -Team BS”
One Competitor on Season 21 of ‘The Voice’ Has a Tragic Past
The Voice finished its last round of blind auditions tonight. The new twist on the show leaves the coaches picking their teammates based on their singing chops alone. And one of the recent picks was Nashville, Tennessee, native Parker McKay. Kelly Clarkson snatched the singer up after Mckay’s beautiful rendition of Niall Horan’s Slow Hands.
Before McKay took the stage, we heard about the tragic events that plagued her life just as she was leaving to compete. Parker McKay’s mother fell ill and died right before McKay was supposed to leave for auditions. And the new The Voice contestant decided that she had to follow through with her dream in her mother’s honor.
“I lost my mom to dementia this week. I’m just really thankful for the shot,” McKay told Clarkson after joining her team.
According to a story in USA Today. McKay’s mother was diagnosed with Frontotemporal dementia five years ago. And she passed away the day before her daughter left for The Voice. And to make the story even more heartbreaking, Mckay’s audition took place on her mother’s birthday.
“I was so lucky because both my dad and I were able to be there right by her side holding her hand until she took her last breath. I can’t believe I have to do this part without her.”