Blake Shelton Claims The Voice Has Him Sacrificing the Peak of his Career
Blake Shelton, judge for The Voice, claims he has sacrificed the best part of his career to keep his judging role. Is he considering leaving the show?
In an interview with Country Weekly, Shelton said: “I’ve sacrificed the peak of my career.” “I don’t know how long I can stand it.”
Shelton has been critical of The Voice producer’s decision to run the show twice a year, having been quoted at a CMA press conference as saying “So far I’m doing the back-to-back season.” “I’ve been very vocal with the network and Mark Burnett’s production company. It’s like ‘Man, this sucks, because the reason that you want the four of us is because we’re viable artists right now, current. And we can’t do both, if we do back-to-back seasons.”
It sounds like Shelton is still struggling to strike a balance between the commitment of doing The Voice twice a year and maintaining a career as a major touring and recording artist.
In an article with TV Guide, Burnett indicated that he understood the difficulty of expecting “current” artists to do the show twice a year and hinted that they are considering having a rotating panel of judges, though he hopes to maintain the original four as the “core panel,” while swapping in temporary substitutes to give the stars time off to attend to their music careers.
Swapping in fresh judges sounds like the most viable option, since part of the appeal of The Voice is that the judges, well three of them anyway, are still current charting artists and that will be hard to maintain if they are spending all their time being reality show judges.
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@Rickey don't be surprised if those 'temporary replacements' come with very high pay checks -Burnett & NBC have no choice but to look for the top relevant current artists (Adele?) due to the panic button behavior of AI execs at FOX in their quest to find a judge lineup.
Blake only has a career b/c of the show! @rickey RT Blake Shelton Claims The Voice Has Him Sacrificing the 'Peak of his Career #dumbass
@hotandsaucy99 Ummm... no. Blake was the Male Artist of the year at both the CMA's and ACM's and the Top Selling male artist on the country charts BEFORE The Voice. With the way the labels screw their artists, though, touring is the only way they make money. Plus, he likes to actually get out there and perform.