OFFSTAGE: Blake Shelton Was Standoffish at First

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While Blake Shelton was backstage at The Tonight Show With Jay Leno he was talking to Rolling Stone magazine about what it was like before The Voice was a hit show and Shelton had to give the rookie show a yes or a no. “I’m fighting to get played on the radio, and I was being standoffish about being on this show,” he said. “I get sick when I think, ’What if I had passed on this and moved on and they hadn’t waited on me.'” Most of the video interview is an extreme close up of Shelton’s face, so you can see the sincerity in his eyes. So you know he means it. He also talks for a while about he has a lot to offer since he’s been doing this music thing for 10 years. “I have a lot to say. I have so much of that built up in me, that this is therapeutic for me,” he says about the advice he’s giving the contestants he’s been coaching. And as they get to know him better, they start to realize, he says, “I have no walls. There’s no boundaries with me.”

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