When The Voice premiered, very few people could have predicted that it would last 16 seasons. As the show prepares to celebrate its 8th birthday this week (it debuted on April 26, 2011), we spoke to Blake Shelton. The country star, who — like Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine — has been with The Voice since the very beginning, told us why he thinks the competition has had such amazing longevity. (Click on the media bar below to hear Blake Shelton)

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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