“The Battle Rounds are literally two artists coming together and making music, singing basically — we call it a Battle, but it’s basically a duet,” Shelton revealed on Access. “These two, obviously, talk about their career, it’s completely exploded. But the way they come together and vocalize together and make music, I thought that would be a great mentor to have these two.”
In spite of Shelton’s superstar status, and seven wins on The Voice, he admits there is one area he isn’t very good at: harmonizing! Thankfully, that’s an area Dan + Shay do very, very well.
“So many times I’m sitting here in a situation in these Battle rehearsals and one of the artists will ask me a question about harmony, and I don’t know crap about harmony,” Shelton acknowledged. “I’ll be like, ‘Oh, you know, I’m gonna check on that for you,’ and I never do, because I don’t know anything about harmony. Finally, this season, I’ve got Dan + Shay here, who, they kill it. And they’re a natural at it, and honestly, it’s already come into play a couple of times. It’s helpful to have them here.”
Dan + Shay are big fans of Shelton, on and off stage, which is why they jumped at the chance to join Shelton on The Voice.
“Blake’s the best,” Smyers gushed. “We’ve been such fans of Blake forever. We’re huge fans of Blake’s music. It’s incredible. He took us out on literally our first tour, the Ten Times Crazier Tour, and I don’t even think we had a hit on the radio at that point. He took a chance on us, and we became super close out there.
“Blake, as successful as he is, is the most down-to-earth, humble dude out there, and just an incredible person, and incredible role model,” he added. “We learned so much from him, not only on that tour, but connecting over these years … It just felt natural.”
Season 20 of The Voice will premiere on Monday, March 1, on NBC.