Blake Shelton is stomping his cowboy boots and snorting, ready to charge out of the gate and win Season 7 of "The Voice." He'll be up against his bromantic nemesis, Adam Levine, and two new judges, Pharrell and Gwen Stefani. And although he says he's "looking forward to mopping the floor with the other three coaches' asses," he had some positive things to say about the rookies -- like Pharrell being the positive guy for the failed contestants and that he has yet to find a way to offend Gwen Stefani.
Blake Shelton sat down with Access Hollywood's Liz Hernandez this week (in an interview posted July 20 via Yahoo News) and talked about upcoming Season 7 of the hit NBC show "The Voice," a series nominated for 10 Primetime Emmys this year. He didn't hem-and-haw around, either, flat-out telling Hernandez that he was going to be "mopping the floor" with his fellow coaches this season.
"I do want to win real damn bad," he admitted. "I thought there after season 4 – I had won three seasons in a row – we thought that I had them all from there on out.
"And then it was OK with me that Adam won... that was his last one by the way!" he went on, laughing. He added: "I don't know if you read the script or not, but that's how it's gonna be."
In six seasons of "The Voice," Adam Levine has won as a coach and mentor twice, Seasons 1 and 5. Blake, as he mentioned, won three in a row, Seasons 2, 3, and 4. Last season (Season 6), Usher took the coach trophy home, winning with pop singer Josh Kaufman.
Pharrell, who is taking Usher's spot in one of the four revolving chairs, appears to be a comforter, according to Shelton.
"Pharrell has talked some people of the ledge several times during these blind auditions," he said. "I mean, people who are upset, they didn't make it – he knows the exact right thing to say to people to make them feel," he said. "People will walk off that stage, not even having made the show, and feeling like they won. "
And the woman taking Shakira's seat? She's just one of the guys, the country singer says (which is undoubtedly the best way to look at it psychologically when one starts talking aggressively about mopping the floor with the competition). She's also better at handling his sometimes abrasive sense of humor, something he said Shakira (who coached Seasons 3 and 5) and Christina Aguilera (who coached Seasons 1, 2, and 4) had trouble doing.
"[Gwen] is not like any other girl I have ever been around," Shelton said. "She is just one of the guys. There [are] times I say something that maybe something you may not want to say around a girl, and [it] doesn't phase her. And I like that about her because with Christina [Aguilera] and Shakira, there were times when I offended them."
He quickly added, "I admit it, I admit... damn it!" But: "I have yet to offend Gwen though."
Season 7 of "The Voice" kicks off September 22 with the first of the Blind Auditions.