Dan + Shay Talk Pros and Cons of Having a Double Chair on ‘The Voice’

Dan + Shay are making history on the upcoming season of The Voice. The two will mark the first time the show uses a double chair, with both Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney occupying one seat for Season 25.

Dan + Shay will join Reba McEntire, John Legend and Chance the Rapper on the upcoming season, although Smyers says having two of them doesn’t necessarily work in their favor, at least not all the time.

“I will say, I think it puts us at a little bit of a disadvantage,” Smyers admitted on the Today Show. “I gotta put that out into the atmosphere, in case John turns around faster and uses it against us. ‘Cause we’re sitting there, trying to give each other [signs], like, ‘You digging this?'”

With only one red button between the two of them, both Smyers and Mooney acknowledged they had a bit of a learning curve in adjusting to their new role, especially when it came to deciding who they did and didn’t want to try and get on their team.

“We tried to figure that out, because we didn’t remember that we had mics on us at all times,” Mooney shared. “I was like (whispers), ‘I don’t know, Dan, what do you think?'”

“We do have to have some hand signals, because we’re not used to doing the TV thing,” added Smyers. “This is our first time. There are cameras everywhere. You’re not thinking about it, and I’m looking at Shay.”

Dan + Shay are also competing against country music royalty, with McEntire, which is why they say they will do whatever it takes to beat McEntire this season.

“We’re pulling out all the stops,” Mooney joked. “We’re trying to dig up something on Reba to pull out. But there’s nothing on her.”

All kidding aside, both men are thrilled to be part of a show as legendary as The Voice.

“It’s so fun,” Smyers said. “The Voice family is incredible. Everybody there — there’s a reason why the show has been on for 25 seasons. They do such an amazing job. It’s awesome hanging with Carson [Daly]. He’s such a good dude.”

Dan + Shay might not have even been considered if not for Blake Shelton, who served as a coach on The Voice for the first 23 seasons, and invited the duo to serve as mentors for Season 20.

“We gotta fill Blake’s shoes … Blake is the greatest,” Smyers said. “We’ve learned so much from him. Honestly, that was kind of our first introduction to The Voice, was getting to be mentors on the show when he was on there. I don’t know if we’ve learned anything, but we’ve learned what not to and things like that.”

Season 25 of The Voice premieres on Monday, February 26, at 8:00 PM ET on NBC.

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