Luke Bryan Thanks Blake Shelton for Encouraging Him to Become Judge on American Idol

by Jennifer Shea
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Country singer Luke Bryan became a judge on “American Idol” in 2018. He says it’s been a great experience. And he owes it all to “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton.

On a recent episode of his Apple Music Country radio show, “Party Barn Radio,” Bryan talked to Shelton about Shelton’s fateful advice to take the job on “American Idol.”  

Luke Bryan Owes TV Gig to Blake Shelton

“You said, ‘Do it,'” Bryan recalled. “I said, ‘Heck yeah, I’m going to do it.’ Man, it was like you told me. It certainly opens your eyes, opens your world up to stuff you never can imagine. Thank you for that. The world can hear me say thank you, Blake Shelton.” 

The two musicians traded observations about being competition show judges. Bryan said that “nothing is more fun than being in the room when a star is born.”

“I mean, you got to go through hundreds of people to find that star,” he added. “There was just something magical about that.”

A Whole New Audience

Meanwhile, Shelton said that through all the hard work and lucky breaks that have brought him to where he is today, nothing has been as important as getting to be a coach on “The Voice.”

“The biggest moment in my career was getting that job on The Voice because it just took me to a whole new audience and it took my career to new places that as a country singer, you hope to get to the top,” he said, according to People. “You want as many people to hear and love your music as they can. But then with The Voice, it introduced me to people who weren’t even necessarily country fans.”

“It expanded my profile to a whole new audience,” he concluded. “So, that’s been the biggest career move.”

Shelton also contrasted the two shows, pointing out that on “American Idol,” the contestants are “just as raw as they could possibly be,” while on “The Voice,” they come into the blind auditions a little more polished.

Bryan acknowledged that the shows “inadvertently compete against each other.”

“I remember when I took the role of Idol, I’m like, ‘Man, there, ain’t no way I’m going to be boohooing and crying and emotional,’” Bryan added. “But it is emotional and it is amazing to watch kids put their life on the line.”

Bryan has found that he actually likes being on TV. And Shelton can pat himself on the back for dispensing some sound advice. 

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