The Voice's Blake Shelton never has any problem giving his opinion on much of anything. Naturally he had to weigh in on a topic many have been discussing heavily; why's everyone leaving American Idol and who should they choose to be a judge with Randy Jackson out?
With Keith Urban just a line or two away from signing his American Idol judges deal, Blake Shelton had a few opinions to share on who should get at least one chair at the table. Naturally he feels that adding Urban or another country singer would be the best way to have a well rounded table unlike Simon Cowell's X-Factor USA which is going head to head against Season 3 of The Voice with Adam Levine, Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green.
"I hope they choose a country artist," Blake said to "Country Countdown USA." "If you watch those shows, it's the country artists who go on to have big careers, because the country fan base is the most loyal in the world. If they see someone on 'The Voice' or 'Idol,' they don't care if they win or lose. They wait for the album to come out, and they demand music to come out from that artist."
After the spotlight has been shining bright on Nicole Kidman's country man, he made his own comments. "All I can say right now is that I'm trying to make an album, and it's strange how these opportunities seem to all come in one big fell swoop," he told Australian radio station Newstalk ZB when grilled about the "Idol" rumors. "My priority right now is just making the record, and that's really got to lead the charge for me."
Shelton has voiced a similar concern as Urban after putting in two seasons of The Voice in one year. I love doing it," Blake commented, "and I hope to continue doing it forever. But they have to work with me so I can also tour. I just think taping two seasons a year is too much. The four of us cannot remain viable artists if we're taping back-to-back seasons of the show."
Executive Producer mark Burnett has been coy about Season 4, and if the judges will remain on his hit show.
Our source over there had this to say. "The producers know that jamming two seasons into one year was really a trying time for the judges since they've got their own recording careers, but you can be sure we're making sure to bring them all back for the next season. It might wind up going back to one season only to make everyone happy, but if the ratings keep going through the roof, they'll push for two. Hopefully we can make it work with all these great judges who have become a tight knit family."