Blake Shelton wins. If you were counting — and I was — he’d be the one in Us magazine’s “My Country Star Crush” story with the most crushes.
But Keith Urban comes in at a close second with four crushes. Sara Evans, Carrie Underwood, comedian Kathy Griffin (who likes that he flat-irons his hair like she does) and his American Idol co-star Jennifer Lopez all dig the country superstar.
George Strait and Tim McGraw are tied with three crushes each. Strait is adored by Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves and Holly Williams, who said of his 1992 film portrayal of Dusty Chandler, “Yes, he’s older, but Pure Country? Good lord, it just does it for me.”
McGraw is loved by supermodel Chrissy Teigen and actress Michelle Williams and also both Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town. That much was very obvious if you caught them on Tuesday’s (Aug. 5) CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock special. “We turned into two 10-year-old girls,” Fairchild said of the time they spent interviewing McGraw backstage. “It was like we’d never spoken before.”
And newcomers Brett Eldredge and Kip Moore each had one crush. Eldredge’s is fellow country newcomer Lucy Hale. Moore’s crush is Cassadee Pope, the third season winner of The Voice. She seems to enjoy spending time with him during Tim McGraw’s current tour.
“Musically, for sure, I’m crushing, but he’s also just a really nice guy,” Pope said. “I’m on tour with him, and he’s always down to have a conversation, and he’s really great at listening.”