Reba McEntire 'under huge pressure' as Wynonna Judd steals 'The Voice' spotlight
Reba McEntire 'considers herself the reigning country queen on the set and views Wynonna's arrival as encroaching on her territory,' an insider said
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Reba McEntire has put up a happy appearance as Wynonna Judd has joined 'The Voice' as a mega mentor. However, sources have leaked that Judd's entry has made McEntire feel self-conscious as a country music icon.
Reba, 68, has a contract with the NBC show that runs through Season 25 in 2024. After that, though, the 'Fancy' singer might not be a guaranteed presence on the show, per insiders.
Reba McEntire is 'under huge pressure'
An insider told the National Enquirer, "Reba's under huge pressure and feeling awkward — especially with the addition of Wynonna to the show," as reported by Radar Online.
They added, "Reba considers herself the reigning country queen on the set and views Wynonna's arrival as encroaching on her territory."
The insider further added, "She's furious to have to share the spotlight with another country music legend — and a redheaded one at that!"
The tipster claims that McEntire made a happy announcement about 59-year-old Judd's arrival on social media purely "to please the bosses!"
'History of rivalry'
The insider claimed, "Wynonna's snapping at the heels and trying to muscle in, and Reba doesn't like it. There's a history of rivalry there — despite Reba's warm welcome."
Furthermore, according to insiders, McEntire didn't like Judd before joining the show. Reba reportedly thought Wynonna was trying to push her late mother, Naomi, into going on tour when she wasn't emotionally ready, which some said may have contributed to the singer's suicide last year.
Additionally, McEntire, who is coaching country duo Dan + Shay, Chance the Rapper, and crooner John Legend, might need to "prove herself" in order to stay with the TV hit.
“There are people who don’t want her there. Reba knows she’s not everybody’s favorite person, and it’s a lot harder behind the scenes,” the insider confided.
They added, “It’s made her worry and want to make it work and gratify everyone. But she’s still getting stabbed in the back by certain people who don’t think she’s a good fit — and some bosses can’t stand her. She’s carrying on, but it’s no picnic. She could use some good luck right about now.”
Remarkably, insiders have long asserted that McEntire "wants out" of her position as judge on 'The Voice'.
One source dished, "Reba came on board with high hopes and the best intentions but she's sick of it already." They added, "She realizes they're all phonies and she's had to get sneaky just to be heard — and that's not her style."