OFFSTAGE: Blake Shelton Explains What The Voice Is Not

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There are so many reality shows that pick a winner based on so-called talent, but this new one that Blake Shelton is a part of is all about the voice. Literally. So in the chit-chat with The Voice‘s host Carson Daly, Shelton talks about what you will not see when it premieres later in April. “There’s a lot of reasons to wanna be on a show like this, honestly. But the No. 1 reason is this show embraces the most important thing first. And that is whether or not they are a great singer,” Shelton says. “You don’t get on here because you come in and you have a stupid dance that you do or you have this incredible sob back story.” Then Shelton goes on to call fellow judge Christina Aguilera a redneck. I’m pretty sure he’s kidding, and I’m pretty sure she’s not. But I can’t wait to watch the chemistry between the judges. And Shelton can’t wait for one thing. “I just wanna hear something that blows me away,” he said.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.