OFFSTAGE: Why Blake Shelton Changes His Live Show

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Blake Shelton has to keep things interesting — not just for his fans but for himself. During an interview Saturday (Aug. 3) with CMT Hot 20 Countdown , he said that once he realized people were taking cellphone videos of his whole show, he knew he’d have to make some changes.

“It pushes me,” Shelton said. “It pushed me to put together a whole new show, you know? And it makes me have to do that, because [fans] go, ’Oh, my God. You’re still doing that same bit?'”

The “same bit” Shelton was referring to is when he talks about couples in the audience getting romantic when he sings his 2002 hit “Ol’ Red” after they’ve had a few drinks. As for initiating those romantic moves, Shelton said, “It’s always on the most awkward songs that the guys get their nerve up to start.”

Awkward, perhaps, because “Ol’ Red” — with its lyrics about using a warden’s bloodhound’s lust to allow his escape from prison — makes for a very unlikely love song.

Watch the interview with Shelton when the new edition of CMT Hot 20 Countdown airs Saturday (Aug. 10) at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT.