Niall Horan triumph as a first-time coach on The Voice felt like a handoff from longstanding coach Blake Shelton.
During his 23-year in the singing competition, Shelton had a reputation for being a prankster to his teammates, especially during seasons when he worked with Kelly Clarkson.
The Voice warm-up comedian Bill Sindelar speaks about the former One Direction member with Entertainment Weekly, “What’s interesting about season 24 is Blake was always the jokester prankster, and it was great that Niall had a season with Blake because I feel like Niall has kind of taken over that persona for our show.”
We witnessed Horan’s shenanigans firsthand on a set visit for The Voice Season 24, from taunting his rival coaches that he’s returning to win again to photobombing Gwen Stefani’s pictures.
“When someone like Blake leaves, who’s been there forever, you’re like, ‘Okay, he’s got that persona. How do we match that or do we not? Is it a different show?’ You’ve got Reba [McEntire], who’s the queen of niceness, and then here comes Niall picking up all the comedy from Blake,” Sindelar says. “I’m glad that he was able to take that role over from working with Blake.”