In an Extra interview, the living legend admitted she was on the fence about the job until the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer encouraged her to take it.
“He said, ‘You do have it in you to tell them what to do,’ and I didn’t believe that until he showed me who I was.”
Before The Voice, Blake and Bette had never met.
“I always wanted to,” Shelton said. “I actually use my position here on The Voice to meet people who I want to meet.”
“I thought,” she said, “‘He’s really cute, he’s really funny, he has a tremendous amount of personal charm, and I would like to be in his orbit, so why not?’ And he writes. I’m a fan of his music.”
Midler and Shelton are pretty much a match made in comedic heaven. Anyone who is a fan of Shelton’s knows how funny he is, and Midler is considered an icon in the world of comedy. Midler actually riffs on Springsteen and other stars on her 1985 comedy album Mud Will Be Flung Tonight, plus her over-the-top stage productions are full of hilarious stories and jokes.
She is a multi Grammy-winning musician, comedienne, actor and author who has been entertaining audiences around the world since the late 1960s. In film, she is known for her roles in several hit movies including The Rose, Beaches, Down and Out in Beverly Hills and Ruthless People. She also co-starred with Faith Hill and Nicole Kidman in the 2004 Frank Oz remake of 1975’s science fiction satire, The Stepford Wives.
Midler has headlined several tours since the release of her 1970 debut album, The Divine Miss M, which was produced by Barry Manilow. Shelton’s label home Warner Brothers also released her latest album, 2014’s It’s the Girls, with East West Records.
She and Robin Williams will go down in small screen history as Johnny Carson’s last guests on the Tonight Show. Plus, she is the only guest advisor on the Voice this season with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A special preview episode will air on NBC following the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics on Aug. 21. The series returns on Sept. 19.
Shelton is in Denver Thursday (July 28) for a free last-minute concert at the Grizzly Rose. Wednesday’s (July 27) show in Kansas City launched his partnership with Smithworks Vodka. His summer tour picks up Saturday with a performance at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta.