Blake Shelton said he was thrilled to be recognized recently at a late night stop at a convenience store in downtown Nashville. The clerk recognized him as a TV star, not a Country star. So it’s official…Blake is a big hit as one of the celebrity judges on the new hit TV show called, The Voice. The show holds ‘blind’ auditions in front of 4 judges, who then build teams of singers that they will coach and those singers will compete against the other judges’ teams. I caught up with Blake and asked him what kind of vocal coaching he does with the singers he’s chosen. Here’s what Blake told me about his coaching technique:
“My coaching is gonna be…I want to be a friend to these people on my team and let ‘em know that I’m on their side. And I wanna help ‘em with their song choices..and the keys that they sing their songs in…and how they approach being on stage..and ultimately, even the ones that aren’t on my team anymore that I can’t talk about…keeping in touch with them, and being sure that they have my phone number. And they can call me anytime, you know? Because I understand that the position they’re in is a tough one. I couldn’t have been a brand new artist that never really performed in front of that many people…all a sudden standin’ on stage in front of a huge studio audience plus millions of people watching at home and not had a panic attack, you know? It’s a lot of pressure that they’re under. My thing is let them know that they have a friend and they have somebody that’ll fight for ‘em and will be in their corner and pull strings and favors for ‘em when they need it. You know I think that’s as important in this business as anything.”
Well, Blake can certainly hold his own, I’m sure, but word is...Reba McEntire will join Blake on the show and help him coach his team during the battle rounds of the show’s competition. So far, each judge has 3 of the 8 singers who will ultimately make up their team.
The Voice will hold a second round of blind auditions on TONIGHT at 8pm on NBC!