Niall Horan Met Blake Shelton On The Voice. Now He's Sharing The Sweet Bond They've Developed During His Final Season
The cowboy has a protégé.
With Blake Shelton embarking on his final season as a coach on The Voice, the show is really playing up his rivalry with Kelly Clarkson. The two were taking jabs at each other before the season even started, and the intensity only increased during the first two episodes of Blind Auditions. However, a new, unexpected dynamic has deveoped on the coaching panel. Niall Horan has emerged as not only a worthy competitor in his rookie season, but he’s formed a strong father/son bond with Shelton that’s already having an impact on the show.
One Direction singer Niall Horan joined The Voice for Season 23, along with Chance the Rapper. Ahead of the season premiere Horan was already talking up how much Blake Shelton has helped him on the show — including the “terrible” parts — telling NBC Insider that the longtime coach was “like a dad to me.” He repeated the sentiment when talking to Audacy Check In, saying:
Viewers got to see that first-hand in the opening episodes of Season 23. It seems Blake Shelton and Niall Horan almost exclusively call each other “dad” and “son,” and both parties have floated the idea of the “Slow Hands” singer taking the veteran’s place when his reign comes to an end.
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In fact, after Niall Horan secured artist Ross Clayton for his team by pranking the other coaches and turning their chairs back around, Blake Shelton seemed to give his blessing, saying:
Niall Horan has even adopted Blake Shelton’s signature “finger-point” to try to persuade artists to pick him, and the Irish singer has put a lot of work into perfecting the country star’s strong twang. However, the dynamic they’ve developed certainly hasn’t precluded Horan from being on the receiving end of the OG coach’s insults. In one moment from the Blind Auditions, Shelton said of their relationship:
It’s sweet sentiments like this that fans are going to miss once Blake Shelton is gone, but who knows? Maybe Niall Horan will be up to the task of taking over as the show’s resident troll. As enjoyable as Kelly Clarkson’s friendly feud with Shelton is, this new dynamic is proving to be just as fun, and I’m excited to see how it continues to develop.
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