Blake Shelton, fresh off Season 2 of The Voice, is busy working on a recently announced Christmas album, touring the nation promoting Red River Blue, preparing for season 3 of The Voice, juggling married life and writing new music. If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. Even Blake thinks so. The reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and judge of NBC’s popular singing competition (who mentored winner Jermaine Paul) has come out to note that two seasons of the show per year might be a bit much. With production on season 3 kicking off today, Blake has been feeling the extra pressure.
In an interview with Country Weekly, Blake tells them that “At some point, something’s gotta give at some point. And I don’t like it. I’ve been very vocal with the network and Mark Burnett’s production company. It’s like, ‘Man, this sucks.’”
Blake will be joining Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo back in their special red chairs for season 3, but questions are arising whether a new batch of artists will be around for season 4 should it air in January of 2013. Shelton went on to say that ”The reason that you want the four of us is because we’re viable artists right now, current..and we can’t do both if we do back-to-back seasons.” He went on, “I’ve been hammering them about it, but we are gonna do this fall. We’ve already committed to that … and I look forward to it. I love it, and I can’t imagine not being a part of ‘The Voice,’ ever.” Balancing the show with his music career and marriage is tough. ”I mean, I’d love to do it from now on, but it just needs to work in a way that I can still [tour] and do that at the same time,” says Shelton. “So, something’s gotta give, you know.”
Shelton is currently atop country music charts with his new single, “Over.” The Voice will be hitting Memphis, TN (July 7-8), Minneapolis, MN (July 14-15), New York, NY (July 21-22), Dallas, TX (July 28-29) and Los Angeles, CA (Aug 11-12) looking for THE VOICE in America. If you’re interested, more details can be found on NBC’s The Voice official website.