'The Voice' Fans Have an Interesting Theory About Gwen Stefani’s Strategy

They may have a point. 👀


    Each one of The Voice coaches has their thing: Kelly Clarkson talks a lot, Blake Shelton makes the craziest jokes, and John Legend takes mentoring very seriously. Three weeks into season 17, we're still trying to determine Gwen Stefani's shtick—but fans of the NBC series think they've figured it out.

    While Gwen isn't exactly new to The Voice, this is her first time on the show since season 12. A lot has changed over the past several years, from the format of the competition to the voting process, so it's understandable if the No Doubt singer needs guidance from her fellow coaches. However, some people noticed she might be leaning on them a little too much.

    After watching Gwen during the Blind Auditions, fans think that she only turns her chair after another coach has already done so. In other words, she "suffers from the chair-turning version of FOMO."

    Gwen suffers from the chair-turning version of FOMO. If they turn, she turns. #TheVoice #VoiceBlinds

    — Richard (@alltvallshade) October 8, 2019

    what is the point of gwen being on the show??? all she does is turn when someone else turns!! #TheVoice

    — RONi.FAO (@RONELOWk) October 3, 2019

    People also pointed out that her boyfriend Blake is usually the person she takes a cue from.

    Gwen you don't have to wait for Blake to turn in order to turn for someone. #TheVoice

    — 🖕🏾💋Mrs. Lois Lane-Kent (@Kee029) October 1, 2019

    Why couldn't Gwen turn until Blake did #thevoice

    — MissingLynxx (@MissingLynxx) September 24, 2019

    Gwen likely just has an ear for good talent, but we did do a little investigating. After looking back at the past three weeks of Blind Auditions and paying close attention to who turned their chair, one moment stood out to us that may add validity to viewers' claims: Zach Bridges performance of "Ol' Red."

    The one glaringly obvious fact about this contestant is that he's a country singer. He also sang one of Blake's own songs for his audition, making it very clear whose team he wanted to join. John and Kelly had enough experience to recognize that this was a home run for the show's resident country coach—but Gwen still turned her chair.

    Even Blake, who has been open about how much he loves working with his girlfriend, seemed surprised by her last-minute decision to fight for Zach.

    "What is wrong with you?!" he said after she turned. "Stay in your area."

    In the end it didn't matter, because the contestant chose Blake (obviously). As for fans' theory about Gwen, there just might be something to it. Or, maybe, she just likes giving Blake trouble.

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