Adam Levine attends the Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala 2023 at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on March 16, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Why is Adam Levine Returning to 'The Voice'?

He's baaaaaaack! After a four-year hiatus, Adam Levine, known for his frontman role in Maroon 5, is set to retake the limelight in the season 23 finale of The Voice.

His return to The Voice, where he previously held the coach's seat for 16 impressive seasons, holds a special significance. But why is he making his way back? To showcase his music, for one. As part of Levine's grand return, he'll be introducing Maroon 5's new single, "Middle Ground," which will be released just a few days before their live performance and music video launch.

This surprise comeback aligns with the departure of the show's last original coach, Blake Shelton. Shelton, who recently confirmed his decision to step down, has been a consistent presence since the show began in 2011, meaning he's been on-screen for over a decade as a Voice coach. He's the only coach to appear in every single season so far.

Shelton and Levine were "adversaries" during their time on the show together, a fun rivalry that fans loved to keep up with. So when Shelton made the decision to leave the show was affected by the onset of COVID-19, it was a personal matter. He met his now-wife and former coach, Gwen Stefani, while working on the show, and found he had forged a deep friendship with Levine as they worked alongside each other.

"Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at @NBCTheVoice anymore," Shelton wrote about Levine's departure at the time. "After 16 seasons that changed both of ours lives."

"Gonna miss working with that idiot," he joked.

But now, with Levine's return to The Voice, fans can look forward to a much-anticipated performance and the exciting dynamic he will bring back to the show. Shelton and Levine can have one last hurrah together before they both make their exit. And that's definitely something to look forward to for longtime and new fans alike.

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