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Blake Shelton Joins New Reality Show, ‘The Voice’

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Blake Shelton's been riding a considerable surge of popularity over the past two years, and he somehow just keeps topping himself over and over with achievements. However, this latest notch in his career belt is one I admit I didn't see coming: He's going to be starring in a reality TV show.

Shelton just announced Monday that he's joining the cast of The Voice, a new singing competition--all genres, not just country--debuting next month on NBC.

For those not familiar with The Voice, the program centers around four celebrity musicians, each selecting a team of amateur artists to mentor into star material. In an innovative twist, the coaches will not see the competitors at first--they'll choose their teams based solely on vocal talent.

Once the teams are established, the celebs will get to work bringing in their own professional contacts (songwriters, producers, etc.) to groom their evolving artists. Who decides the winning team--and the ultimate top singing talent? You (and the rest of America) do!

Just last week, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera were announced as coaches--joining Maroon 5's Adam Levine--to much fanfare. What was missing from the lineup? I think you all can guess.

"We couldn't have a panel that represented the hottest American music without a strong country presence," explained an executive spokesperson for the show. Well heck. That's the truth.

NBC called Shelton the perfect choice for the country coach, as he's "at the top of his game." Which also is correct.

Shelton himself commented on his new post with typical humor. "I'm not sure The Voice knows what they signed on for by bringing me on the show," he quipped. Which also is correct. Everyone better be prepared.

Regardless, it sounds as if the show is going to be good fun; a sentiment Shelton shares. "Christina, Cee Lo, Adam, and I are going to have a blast," he noted. "I am extremely excited to be part of a show that recognizes true vocal talent."

On the note of adding TV to his already crammed schedule--I must say, Shelton is sure keeping himself good and busy until he walks down the aisle on May 14 to marry fiancee Miranda Lambert. Hope he's had time to plan the honeymoon! (Sheesh--let's hope he has time to take one.)

The Voice premieres Tuesday, April 26 at 9pm on NBC. Y'all know I think Blake is hysterical--and I admit, I can't wait to see how he riffs off Cee Lo--so I'll definitely be tuning in. Will you be watching? Be sure to let me know. 

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