Nick Jonas started his first season as a judge on ‘The Voice.’ He took Gwen Stefani‘s chair and her husband Blake Shelton was not happy about it. Shelton is also a coach on the show and has been since the first season it aired. Initially, Shelton was not cool with Jonas stealing his wife’s chair. However, according to Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Shelton has come around and the two are actually getting along quite well. Season 18 premiered Monday February 24th.
It’s hard to believe that the two get along so well after all the trash talking Shelton had done about Jonas before the show kicked off. He even admitted that he would haze the new judge.
“I’m gonna take [Gwen leaving] out on Nick Jonas,” Shelton told Extra at the time. “I mean, it’s not his fault. But I’m not happy about it and he’s gonna be sitting there, the new guy. So I’m gonna bully him a little bit, to be honest with you.”
Shelton had even voiced his contention on ‘The Ellen Show.’
“Nick Jonas! How you doin’, buddy? I heard that you’re going to be a new coach on The Voice and I wanted to say congratulations I guess,” said Shelton. “I’m going to have to look through the rules because this is my TV show,” he joked. “I’m not even sure if you’re old enough to be a coach on The Voice, but I’m certain that you’re going to get your butt kicked, buddy.”
“I think any time you have a new guy, you can expect to be a little bit of a target,”Jonas told Variety. “But Blake is very good at doing his Blake thing. Contrary to his public comments about bullying me as the new guy, we have a lot of fun together and found a really good dynamic early on. I think the show only works when everyone’s having a good time, and Blake really sets that tone for the rest of us.”
Nick accredits his brother Joe Jonas for preparing him to be on the hit reality TV show.
“Luckily, my brother Joe did the show in Australia, and I spent time with him over there, which was really helpful, just to have a sense of how the show works from someone that had already done it,” Nick told Variety. “Having my brothers on as mentors has made things pretty easy as far as just not having to build chemistry with new people.”