“I’m sick of L.A. guys,” Stefani says over the phone when Adam Levine, a former coach on “The Voice,” asks what kind of person she’s interested in dating. “I want someone completely different, maybe from another country. And someone cultured and sensitive and who’s not threatened by a strong, confident woman.”
But because the network isn’t that great, this is what Levine actually hears: “I’m sick of L.A. guys. I want someone completely country, uncultured and threatened by a strong, confident woman.”
Enter Blake Shelton.
The ad plays well into Shelton and Levine’s friendship — for years on “The Voice,” the musicians were frenemies of sorts, making a habit out of playfully picking on each other during each episode, the Deseret News previously reported.
As “The Voice” heads into its 20th season, Shelton is the only remaining original coach. Stefani — who got her first win on the show this past December — initially joined the reality singing competition as a coach in 2015 and has been a coach on-and-off for five seasons, according to the Deseret News.
Stefani recently opened up about her relationship with Shelton. The two got engaged in October 2020, and Stefani said it happened “right on time,” the Deseret News reported.
“I feel just so excited that I have someone in my life that now I have a chance at like, happiness, you know what I mean?” the 51-year-old singer said during an interview last month with the “Today” show. “For a long time to come. It’s just a blessing, the whole thing, and it is a miracle.”
Stefani added that there “was a lot of healing to do” when she first met Shelton, as the two had both recently gone through divorces.
”I think there was a lot to consider when you have so many people involved,” she told the “Today” show. “Children, and their hearts, and everybody in my family (and) his family, we all went through a lot together.”
The singer has also said she doesn’t want her wedding to Shelton to “be a COVID situation,” according to the Deseret News.
“Like, I would rather not have masks and that kind of thing,” Stefani told Ryan Seacrest during an interview in December, the Deseret News reported. “Even when you cut it down to just family, it’s still too many people for COVID. So we’re sort of going to see what happens in the next few months.”
A few months ago, “The Voice” announced that Nick Jonas would be taking Stefani’s place for the upcoming 20th season, which premieres March 1.
Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend will all be returning to the show. Artists Brandy, Dan and Shay, Luis Fonsi and Darren Criss will be the celebrity mentors for the season, the Deseret News reported.