OFFSTAGE: Ping Pong Truths With Blake Shelton

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Who knew the best way to get Blake Shelton to open up was over a ping pong table? Good call, Nancy O’Dell. She recently had Shelton on Entertainment Tonight, but instead of a been-there-done-that sit-down interview, they played — of all things — ping pong. And it looked like maybe this was Shelton’s first time. So when O’Dell explained her new rules — that whoever won the point got to ask a question — Shelton looked a little nervous. After he lost the first point, O’Dell asked, “What is the one thing that you said the press you wish you could take back?” He said he had no regrets. “You know what? I stand by the stuff I say, even the really stupid stuff. I’ll find a way to justify it.” He lost another point, and the question was, “How much do you really enjoy [Christina Aguilera’s] low-cut tops?” Shelton admitted, “As much as I enjoy breathing air.” And in a last bit of honesty, Shelton talks about how there’s no competing with a powerhouse of a country star like Taylor Swift. “Nobody’s gonna beat Taylor Swift in a fan-voted thing,” he said, adding, “And nobody should, by the way.”