Luke Bryan Joining Blake Shelton’s Team for ‘The Voice’ in 2017
Luke Bryan will join his good friend Blake Shelton for the upcoming season of The Voice. The country superstar will serve as a mentor to Shelton's Team Blake members as they compete for a record deal on the iconic reality singing competition.
NBC announced on Monday (Jan. 23) that Bryan will help Shelton out by guiding his aspiring stars through the battle rounds, in which they compete against one another to retain a spot on Shelton's team before facing off with the finalists from the other teams. According to the announcement, Bryan taped his episodes in Los Angeles last week. The two previously co-hosted the ACM Awards together several times.
“I enjoy being in the moment with those artists and in my gut feeling, tell them the best thing I can tell them and really lift them up,” Bryan says (quote via the Tennessean). “I think I get lost in the shuffle in the media of the guy who dances on stage. I think people don’t realize that I moved to town, wrote songs and got a record deal. Early in my career, I was so nervous about big moments, I didn’t even enjoy them. I just want to help these people settle into who they are and enjoy the moment.”
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Shelton has coached several of his team members to victory over the course of 11 seasons as a coach on The Voice, including Sundance Head, who will join Shelton on the road for his upcoming Doing It to Country Songs Tour along with RaeLynn, also a Team Blake veteran. The upcoming season premieres on Feb. 27, and the shooting schedule was re-arranged to accommodate Bryan's schedule after Shelton repeatedly asked him to take part over the past few years.
"Once he realized he was getting wrapped up in it, Luke was showing them dance moves and things to do," Shelton says. "That's what happens, though. At some point, you realize, 'I'm an artist, no one ever really listens to what we have to say because it's our one thing we can do.' But when these (contestants) ask, you can say, 'That's easy because I've been there before.' Normally it's (advice) you would take to the grave with you."
Shelton's girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, will return to her judge's chair for Season 12 of The Voice, along with Adam Levine and Alicia Keys.
Bryan is also slated to perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
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