Reba McEntire Reveals Why She Turned Down ‘The Voice’ Spot Taken by Blake Shelton

by Keeli Parkey

Reba McEntire as a judge on “The Voice?” It almost happened.

Fox News is reporting that the country music star recently confirmed rumors that she was asked to be a judge on the show’s first season. The post eventually went to Blake Shelton, a country music star in his own right.

Appearing on an episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” McEntire responded to a fan’s question about the rumor.

“It is very true,” she confirmed. “It was a very popular show in Holland, I’m pretty sure, and I watched the tape, and I said, ‘No, I’m going to pass on that,’ because I don’t think I could ever be able to tell somebody that they’re terrible or ‘go find another job’ or ‘hope you like your nighttime job.’ I couldn’t do that day in and day out. I just couldn’t do it. So I did pass on it.” 

“Blake is the perfect choice,” she added. “He’s done a wonderful job.” 

McEntire has appeared on the show – not as a judge, but as a mentor.

Reba McEntire did express some regret at passing on a show that has been so popular.

“Oh sure! I mean, after you see a very successful show that’s been running, what, 15 years? Uh, yeah!” McEntire told the host. “I’m like shoot, I should have done that.”

McEntire will be in the spotlight again as she hosts the annual CMA Awards alongside Darius Rucker on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The star shared the look she will be donning for the annual awards show with fans via Instagram prior to the show.

“It’s CMA game day baby!!!!” the star posted to Instagram.

McEntire and Rucker are planning to honor the late Mac Davis during the ceremony. They will reportedly perform Davis’ song, “In the Ghetto” during Wednesday’s broadcast.