Blake Shelton Named People's 2017 Sexiest Man Alive!

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By picking country star and The Voice coach Blake Shelton in lieu of the typical beefcake, they went in an unexpected direction, but was it the right one?

"That y'all must be running out of people", the Oklahoma-born singer told when he found out he was People Magazine's pick, "Like, Wow, we're down to somebody who is somewhat symmetrical".

"I've been ugly my whole life".

Shelton and Stefani couldn't be a more supportive couple.

"What's most important to Gwen is somebody who has her back and is a best friend, so that's kind of how it started, and it just kept snowballing into what it is now, and it just feels like it gets stronger all the time, you know?"

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Us Weekly broke the news in November 2015 that Stefani and Shelton, 41, were dating after meeting on the set of the NBC singing competition, and their relationship is stronger than ever. "I knew I was on to something!" "It's definitely an instinct that kicks in".

But a bigger incentive for the singer was being able to stick it to his fellow judge (and 2013 Sexiest Man Alive) Adam Levine.

"As proud as I am and honored that you guys asked me, that's really the only thing I care about", Shelton said.

Watch PEOPLE Cover Story: Sexiest Man Alive - Blake Shelton, available now, on PeopleTV.

Shelton will be featured in a special double issue to hit newsstands Friday.

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