‘The Voice’ Coaches Dan + Shay Address Their Departure, Say Reba Is “She’s Shaking in Her Boots” Ahead of Finale

Country duo Dan + Shay will exit The Voice as judges after the current season wraps up, along with other soon-to-be-ex-judges John Legend and Chance The Rapper. Season 26 will feature Reba McEntire as the only returning judge, plus Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, and Michael Buble as the show’s new judges.

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Dan + Shay have recently discussed their departure from the beloved music competition show and said that Reba is “shaking in her boots” ahead of the current season’s finale slated for Monday, May 20.

The duo’s top pick Karen Waldrup has officially made it to the finals. However, Reba has warned Dan + Shay not to be too confident. 

“[Reba is] trying to make herself feel better,” Mooney joked to Entertainment Tonight about Reba’s comment in the spirit of competition. “She’s shaking in her boots.”

Mooney quickly followed up by admitting that Reba gives him “the chills” and “still makes me nervous just to be around her.”

Why Are Dan + Shay Leaving ‘The Voice’?

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney noted that while they are leaving the show for now, it’s “absolutely a possibility” that they will return in the future. The duo went on to say that their departure stems from their extensive touring schedule for the next year.

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“We’re touring a lot this year, which we’re really excited about but obviously doesn’t allow us to come back,” said Mooney. “I think that would be a blast if they would have us, we would definitely love to see what that looked like.”

Mooney went on to say that he was honored by the fact that he and Smyers were chosen to split a chair as judges on The Voice.

“It’s just such an honor that out of all the people they could have chosen they chose us.”

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  1. Even though it is sad to see them go from the show I am happy they will be busy touring. I’m sure chance and Johnny Legend will be just as busy. I look forward to watching the upcoming finale soon! I wish them a great year touring!!

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