John Legend's fellow Voice coaches share their concerns about having him as a competitor in a promo for the show shared exclusively with PEOPLE

By Brianne Tracy
February 15, 2019 12:00 PM
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Despite his EGOT status, John Legend wants to assure his fellow Voice coaches that they have nothing to be afraid of.

The Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winning singer is replacing coach Jennifer Hudson and joining Kelly Clarkson and veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for season 16 of NBC’s hit reality singing competition series and while he’s in it to win it, he says he’s just a “nice, sweet boy from Ohio.”

In a promo for the show shared exclusively with PEOPLE, the returning coaches paint a very different picture of Legend, 40, as they voice their concerns about having him as a competitor.

“I’ve never been more terrified to be on this show with a coach than John Legend,” Clarkson, 36, says, before later adding, “He’s everyone’s threat, they don’t know it yet. He’s the threat.”

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Kelly Clarkson
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Levine, 39, agrees, “John is a threat. I mean, John has like 4,000 awards and he’s incredibly talented and very charming.”

As Shelton, 42, puts it, though, “John has got a target on his back.”

“But you know what he doesn’t have?” Shelton continues. “Six Voice trophies.”

Despite Shelton’s confidence, Levine makes it clear: “We’re scared, John. That’s it. I’m scared, alright?”

In the end, Legend isn’t fazed.

“I’m just an ordinary person, as they say,” he quips, which is a play on his 2004 hit “Ordinary People.”

The Voice returns for season 16 on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.