“I know she’s a fan of the show, so she’s probably had ideas of how she would do this for a long time anyway,” he continued. “I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like for those kids to get a chance to work with Reba. She’s one of my heroes, she’s an icon.”

As for how McEntire feels about facing off against returning coaches Gwen Stefani, Niall Horan and John Legend next season, she told E! News she’s “very excited” to take over for her fellow country superstar.

She added, “I’m not really worried about the competition. I’ll give them some tips every once and a while that will help them, but I’ll be easy on them.”