The producers of The Voice may not want to hear this, but Blake Shelton does not make the reality show his everything. His everything, it sounds like, is just country music.
“Country music is literally my life. My life is not this show,” he told reporters backstage right after his contestant Craig Wayne Boyd won. “This show will come and it will go, and my life is country music. That’s what I do. That’s all I really care about.”
Obviously, that’s part of what makes Shelton such a good and crazy-successful coach. It also helps that the good-natured rivalry with the other coaches, specifically Adam Levine, makes the show so damn fun to watch.
“It’s (expletive) awesome. Will I rub it in Adam’s face? He may quit the show before I’m done rubbing this in his face, but what’s awesome is this guy holding this trophy,” Shelton said. “I don’t care if it’s politically incorrect. I don’t give a crap at this point because we went into this thing with the odds stacked against us — and I’m not talking about to beat Adam. It’s just awesome to know that so many people connected with this guy with the odds against him.”
Boyd had a very tough time making a living in Nashville in the years leading up to this win, and Shelton said he kind of felt his pain.
“I’m also aware of how much he’s put into trying to make it as an artist in the music industry and the struggles and the ups and mostly the downs that he’s had, all the doors shut in his face, the carpet yanked out from under him,” Shelton said, adding that Boyd had paid his dues and deserved this win. “This guy has put his time in.”
Now that this season is over, Shelton is just looking forward to the day that he can say, “That’s Craig I’m hearing on the radio now. He represents us. He’s really good at what he does.”