Reality TV isn’t always real, but over at NBC’s “The Voice” is sure seems to be. The Emmy winning singing competition kicks off its 7th season on Monday, and longtime coach Blake Shelton couldn’t be happier with the show, which features a revamped coaches’ lineup with Shelton, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. On Sept. 22, Rolling Stone posted an interview with the country music star, who said he can’t imagine ever seeing somebody else sitting next to him in his swiveling red chair.
I love it so much, and I made some of the most important relationships in my life by being a part of that show, with some of the coaches, some of the people who just came to perform, but mostly those who have been on my teams over the year… they’re my family now,” Shelton dished.
And he also gave a special shout out to his “bromance” pal, Adam Levine:
It’s so foreign to see anything that’s genuine on television these days. That’s why I think so much attention is focused on Adam and I,” he said. “You can tell we really like each other. We really are friends, and we’re giving each other crap like we’ve known each other all our lives. I just think the world of that dude.”
It’s not the first time the singer has praised his NBC co-star, whom he’s had a high profile friendship with since the show first debuted four years ago. Shelton previously told MTV News he has a bona fide “man crush” on Levine.
The bromance with me and Adam?” Shelton said in 2012. “All I have to say is, it’s true: I have a man crush on Adam. It blows me away people can pick up on that just by watching that on television. I want to kiss him. I want to kiss him so bad. I don’t care if it’s mutual or not. Can you honestly tell me that you don’t have a little bit of a crush on Adam? He’s sexy, is the word I’m using.”
And while Levine definitely loves his “Voice” bro too, he stops short of using the “bromance” word. During an appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” last fall, Levine told Leno it’s all “bro” and no “mance.”
Still, this unlikely friendship is proof that opposites attract. Last year, Shelton told Men’s Journal that he tries to influence his clean living friend to party more like a rock star:
I get frustrated with Adam because, to me, rock stars are supposed to be drunk all the time,” he said. “But he’s very healthy. He takes care of himself. And it drives me crazy, because I want him to be more like me. Drunk all the time.”
And Levine actually revealed that he had an epiphany about their friendship en route to a ritzy vacation:
Afterwards, I realized I had so much more fun playing beer pong and driving quads with Blake than I did at this five-star resort,” the rocker said.
The 7th season of “The Voice” premieres Monday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.