The season finale of “The Voice” airs live tonight on NBC at 9:00pm, but the news surrounding the judges/coaches may be far from over. No, we’re not talking about the ridiculous spew between Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera.
Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green have made some minor headlines lately, hinting that a duet between the two is nearly imminent…at least from Cee Lo’s perspective.
[box type=”shadow” ] “I have a song for Blake Shelton that I gave to him. And I’d like to do it alongside him. I’d like for it to be a duet,” Green told the Associated Press. [/box]
This isn’t the first time a duet between the judges on NBC’s hit show has happened. Despite their bickering this season, Levine and Aguilera collaborated on Maroon 5’s hit single “Moves Like Jagger” back in 2010. It has also been rumored in recent weeks that Aguilera and Shelton were interested in getting together on a song, following Christina’s rousing abbreviated rendition of “Hillbilly Bone.” Blake was overly enthused by the idea of a duet with Aguilera.
[box type=”shadow” ] “Well you know it’s an understatement to say that I’ open to singing a duet with Christina Aguilera. More like I would pay her, I would beg her, I’ll wash her car, I’ll clean her house, I’ll babysit her kid.” [/box]
There’s no denying that a Blake-Cee Lo tune would be unique (to say the least), but honestly, it’d be entertaining. Both artists have proven to be extremely diverse and seem to adapt to a multiple of musical sceneries. A Shelton duet with Christina would be intriguing as well, although after the initial comments hinting that as a possibility, talks have quieted down considerably. We’ll keep you in the loop on all the duets talk amongst the judges.
On the finale tonight, however, Team Blake has a serious shot to win the competition. Jermaine Paul wowed the audience in person as well as on the television around the world with his incredibly powerful vocals. The competition will be won by one of four finalists from each coach. Again, the final episode airs tonight at 9:00pm ET, with very special guest Lady Antebellum performing as well.
But while millions will be watching the finale of ‘The Voice,’ we’ll be willing to bet one person who won’t be tuning in: Eric Church. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Church essentially called out Shelton and the entire conception behind the hit reality show.
[box type=”shadow” ] “It’s become ‘American Idol’ gone mad. Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green [expletive] turn around in a red chair, you get a deal? That’s crazy. I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist,” Church told the magazine. “If I was concerned about my legacy, there’s no [expletive] way I would ever sit there and be a reality-show judge. Once your career becomes something other than the music, then that’s what it is. I’ll never make that mistake. I don’t care if I [expletive] starve.” [/box]
Ouch. Talk about taking the gloves off. Now granted, these statements were no doubt in response to questions about the music industry and reality TV, and more than likely, he was asked specifically about ‘The Voice.’ But there seems to be some type of a code of ethics amongst country music singers, songwriters, and performers. They support each other, stick up for each other, and defend each other. Eric Church appears to have abandoned all of those unspoken laws of the music industry, and now, well, he’ll be feeling the aftermath.
Shelton responded to Church simply by saying, I wish I misunderstood this.” Miranda Lambert, however, who is never afraid to voice her opinion, was a little more outspoken.
[box type=”shadow” ] “Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist. Or @kelly_clarkson, @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban. Your welcome for the tour in 2010,” she tweeted. [/box]
And it’s true. Look, whether or not he was categorizing all artists who got their break on a reality TV show or singing competition, that’s exactly what he did with his comments. Look at those artists who broke onto the scene in front of a national audience: Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and yes, Miranda Lambert. Those are some of the biggest acts in music!
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out over the following days and weeks. There’s no denying that Church has worked excruciatingly hard to get where he is today, and he deserves every ounce of success, but he went over the line this time. Let’s hope these comments were, at the very least, taken out of context.
Stay tuned to MCE for the very latest on this news story.