Blake Shelton will go back to being "disgusting and ugly" when he passes the torch of Sexiest Man Alive.

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton

The 42-year-old singer was the first ever country star to be recognised with the title in November last year - following on from the likes of Ryan Reynolds, David Beckham and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson - and he has joked the ego boost is almost over as PEOPLE magazine prepares to unveil this year's cover star.

Asked by the publication if being given the honour gave him more confidence, he laughed: "I think my reign is almost over... I remember it was right around Thanksgiving that that came out, so I guess whoever the new person is is about to take over and I'll go back to being disgusting and ugly!"

Blake previously admitted he was going to "milk" his new title for everything because he has been "fat and ugly" his whole life.

He teased: "I mean, you can't be the sexiest man alive ... unless you're the sexiest man alive.

"I said this in the magazine when I did my interview for Sexiest Man Alive, that I had been fat and ugly my whole life, and if only for one year, I get to be sexy, I am going to milk this for everything that it's worth."

What's more, the 'God Gave Me You' hitmaker joked at the time he "feels bad" for his 48-year-old girlfriend Gwen Stefani because while she's dating a hunk, she now has to share him with the rest of the world.

He quipped: "You know, I feel bad for her because she has been in the spotlight, and this symbol of beauty, and now this. You know what, it's going to be humbling for her but I think she's got a big enough heart. She can do it."