Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera have once again swapped places, but that is not the only major judging panel change to take place since Sawyer Fredericks emerged victorious on The Voice. The other big development was, of course, Shelton and Lambert's split. When filming began for Season 9, the two had yet to file for divorce, which explains why Shelton still had a ring on his finger during tonight's premiere.
Shelton's finger may have featured a wedding ring, but there were other signs of trouble, including, most notably, his slightly despondent demeanor. Then again, Shelton may have merely been upset that the contestants were so reluctant to select him as their coach. He's accustomed to being the favorite, so it can't be easy to be turned down again and again. Regardless of the reason for his apparent case of the blues, Shelton didn't quite seem himself. The only time he truly seemed upbeat was whenever he resumed his all-too-familiar bromance tendencies with Adam Levine.
Fans are still very cut up about the sad end to Shelton and Lambert's romance. Many were quick to comment about the presence of Shelton's wedding ring. Seeing the ring reminded them just how upset they were when they first heard the news of the divorce. The following are just a few of the many dismayed tweets about Shelton's ring.
Blake Shelton still has his wedding ring on, and my heart just shattered into a million pieces.#VoicePremiere— Michelle (@sayheymichelle) September 22, 2015
Blake Shelton still wearing his wedding ring—Ⓜonica (@ThePompeoMethod) September 22, 2015
Now that Shelton's wedding ring has been spotted, fans are bound to watch for it during each and every pre-recorded episode. The blind auditions took place during the end of June and the beginning of July, so the ring will probably remain on Shelton's finger until this portion of the show is over. After all, he did not file for divorce until July 20. What's more, speculation following the split indicated that he did not stop wearing his ring the moment he filed for divorce. It will be interesting to see what happens with his ring and if he is able to maintain a positive demeanor after it disappears.
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