Blake Shelton took a break from filming The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV2) last week to fly to Nashville and promote, well, The Voice. Viewers who tuned into Monday night’s show saw Shelton and his team members, Ricky Durand, Cali Wilson and Kat Hammock, hanging out in the music city and even performing at Shelton’s Ole Red music bar. What viewers didn’t see was a Q&A Shelton participated in to give fans a behind the scenes look into life on The Voice. Thankfully, excerpts from the event are now being shared by People and we can confirm that Nick Jonas is going to be a major threat in Season 18.
Shelton, along with returning coaches Kelly Clarkson and John Legend, has already filmed the Blind Auditions for Season 18, with Shelton noting that Jonas’ youth is tough to compete against. “I’m starting to hate the guy because I’m competing with him now,” joked Shelton. “He is a tough, tough guy to go against. When you turn your chair around and there’s a young person up there, and they’re trying to choose between me and then Nick Jonas sitting down there, I’m screwed almost every time. So yeah, he can kiss my ass till the season’s over.”
Speaking of people who annoy Blake, the country superstar also talked about missing his longtime friend Adam Levine, who began on The Voice in Season 1 along with Shelton and made a dramatic exit before the beginning of Season 17, prompting the last-minute return of Shelton’s girlfriend Gwen Stefani. Shelton said that he and Levine continue to be close behind the scenes and that Shelton’s friend Kelly Clarkson is “doing a great job filling the Adam ‘assh— void.’” We’re pretty sure he means that with love.
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During the Q&A, Shelton was put on the spot to reveal what artist he feels he missed the boat on, naming country superstar Morgan Wallen. “Here he is having these gigantic, huge No. 1 hits in country music, and I can’t take any of the credit. It pisses me off, you know,” says Shelton. “Man, I had him right there and he got away.”
Forced to choose his all-time favourite artist, Blake picked Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery, who won The Voice at 16 and used the Blind Audition as her first-ever public performance. “It just kind of fell in her life, and she found it out — and in front of the nation — that she was this incredible vocalist.”
As for Blake’s least-favourite part of being a coach, his response is predictable. “Eliminating people from the show. … I literally despise it. I don’t want it to be in my hands. And so when we finally get to the [live shows], it still hurts as bad to see somebody go home, but at least you don’t feel directly responsible for it.”
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The topic of Season 17 mega mentor Taylor Swift was also discussed, with Shelton applauding the artist not only for her talent, but her brilliance. “She’s just so smart,” Shelton said. “That’s the thing: We all know how talented Taylor is, but I think 50 percent of her success is also combining her talent with just literally how smart she is. Every time I’m around her, I love just kind of soaking it in and listening to her talk. She always has something to say or a way of looking at something that I never have thought that way. … Once you get past the” — Shelton gasped — “‘It’s Taylor Swift!’ you’re even more impressed with her.”
The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV2.
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