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Blake Shelton extends ‘an olive branch’ to Ariana Grande on her first day judging The Voice

Ariana Grande was seen in action for the first time judging NBC’s The Voice, alongside fellow coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson.

In the first trailer for the upcoming 21st season, released Tuesday, Shelton appeared threatened by his newest competitor, seated to his right. 

‘Is everybody in here just obsessed with Ariana?’ the country star, 44, asked the live audience, after hearing her name gleefully chanted multiple times. 

Making waves: Ariana Grande was seen in action for the first time judging NBC’s The Voice, alongside fellow coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson

In response, he gets a chuckle from Clarkson, 39, and playful eye-roll from the 28-year-old Positions hitmaker as he attempts to push her chair away.  

‘Push it back, push it back,’ he narrates his futile efforts to isolate Grande from the rest of the group. 

After Clarkson teases Gwen Stefani’s husband that he has ‘no chance’ of winning due to Grande’s popularity, Shelton comes up with a new plan. 

Intimidated: In the first trailer for the upcoming 21st season, Shelton appeared threatened by his newest competitor, seated to his right

Intimidated: In the first trailer for the upcoming 21st season, Shelton appeared threatened by his newest competitor, seated to his right

'Is everybody in here just obsessed with Ariana?' the country star, 44, asked the live audience, after hearing her name gleefully shouted multiple times

‘Is everybody in here just obsessed with Ariana?’ the country star, 44, asked the live audience, after hearing her name gleefully shouted multiple times

Funny: He then gets a chuckle from Clarkson, 39, and playful eye-roll from the 28-year-old Positions hitmaker as he attempts to push her chair away

Funny: He then gets a chuckle from Clarkson, 39, and playful eye-roll from the 28-year-old Positions hitmaker as he attempts to push her chair away

‘Ariana is the new coach here, and I’m extending an olive branch when I’m not in the mix. I’m trying to help the kid out,’ he tells the cameras.

Footage pans to Shelton seemingly telling a contestant ‘how awesome’ she is, which puzzles Grande. 

‘What’s happening? Why is he being nice?’ she asks the other judges. 

Olive branch? After Clarkson teases Gwen Stefani's husband that he has 'no chance' of winning due to Grande's popularity, Shelton comes up with a new plan

Olive branch? After Clarkson teases Gwen Stefani’s husband that he has ‘no chance’ of winning due to Grande’s popularity, Shelton comes up with a new plan

'Ariana is the new coach here, and I'm extending an olive branch when I'm not in the mix. I'm trying to help the kid out,' he tells the cameras

‘Ariana is the new coach here, and I’m extending an olive branch when I’m not in the mix. I’m trying to help the kid out,’ he tells the cameras

Legend, 42, fires back: ‘Never trust him,’ to which she replied: ‘I don’t.’ 

Clips of Grande and Shelton hugging and bantering, however, seem to show they may have formed an alliance. 

After watching the blind auditions, the Grammy-winning pop star said she was ‘super moved by how brilliant the performers are.’ 

Red flags: Footage pans to Shelton seemingly telling a contestant 'how awesome' she is, which puzzles Grande

Red flags: Footage pans to Shelton seemingly telling a contestant ‘how awesome’ she is, which puzzles Grande

'What's happening? Why is he being nice?' she asks the other judges, to which Legend, 42,  advises her 'never trust him'

‘What’s happening? Why is he being nice?’ she asks the other judges, to which Legend, 42,  advises her ‘never trust him’

Making friends: Clips of Grande and Shelton hugging and bantering, however, seem they may have formed an alliance

Making friends: Clips of Grande and Shelton hugging and bantering, however, seem they may have formed an alliance

In awe: After watching the blind auditions, the Grammy-winning pop star said she was 'super moved by how brilliant the performers are'

In awe: After watching the blind auditions, the Grammy-winning pop star said she was ‘super moved by how brilliant the performers are’

Like Shelton, Legend voiced his fears about competing against Grande, who he described as ‘so talented’ and having a ‘very fine-tuned ear.’ 

‘It’s going to be hard to convince someone to come to Team Legend, but I’m going to make my case,’ he noted.

In addition to her undeniable charisma and connection to contestants, Grande came equipped with a Thank U, Next buzzer, which is her hilarious signal to cut other judges off from talking.  

Nervous: Like Shelton, Legend voiced his fears about competing against Grande, who he described as 'so talented' and having a 'very fine-tuned ear'

Nervous: Like Shelton, Legend voiced his fears about competing against Grande, who he described as ‘so talented’ and having a ‘very fine-tuned ear’

Playing dirty: In addition to her undeniable charisma and connection to contestants, Grande came equipped with a Thank U, Next buzzer, which is her hilarious signal to cut other judges off from talking

Playing dirty: In addition to her undeniable charisma and connection to contestants, Grande came equipped with a Thank U, Next buzzer, which is her hilarious signal to cut other judges off from talking

Joining the team: It was announced in March that Ariana would be joining The Voice as a coach for season 21

Joining the team: It was announced in March that Ariana would be joining The Voice as a coach for season 21

It was announced in March that Ariana would be joining The Voice as a coach for season 21.

She previously appeared on the show in May 2016 during the season 10 finale when she performed Into You and joined then-coach Christina Aguilera, 40, for a duet of Dangerous Woman.

Ariana also performed during the season 11 finale of The Voice in December 2016 when she teamed up with Stevie Wonder, 71, for their collaboration Faith.

History: She previously appeared on the show in May 2016 during the season 10 finale when she performed Into You and joined then-coach Christina Aguilera, 40, for a duet of Dangerous Woman

History: She previously appeared on the show in May 2016 during the season 10 finale when she performed Into You and joined then-coach Christina Aguilera, 40, for a duet of Dangerous Woman

The Voice: Ariana also performed during the season 11 finale of The Voice in December 2016 when she teamed up with Stevie Wonder, 71, for their collaboration Faith

The Voice: Ariana also performed during the season 11 finale of The Voice in December 2016 when she teamed up with Stevie Wonder, 71, for their collaboration Faith

Impressive: The pop star will be replacing Nick Jonas, 28, who was a coach on season 20

Impressive: The pop star will be replacing Nick Jonas, 28, who was a coach on season 20

The pop star will be replacing Nick Jonas, 28, who was a coach on season 20.

Shelton most recently won season 20 with Philadelphia singer Cam Anthony, 19.

Only recently, Ariana married real estate agent Dalton Gomez in May at her home in Montecito, California. 

Steep competition: Shelton most recently won season 20 with Philadelphia singer Cam Anthony, 19

Steep competition: Shelton most recently won season 20 with Philadelphia singer Cam Anthony, 19 

Friendly: Grande seems to have befriended Shelton, who remains the statistically best coach in terms of winning seasons

Friendly: Grande seems to have befriended Shelton, who remains the statistically best coach in terms of winning seasons 

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