Luke Bryan Dishes on His Relationship With 'Voice' Coach Blake Shelton

Selena Barrientos
·2 min read

From Good Housekeeping

  • American Idol judge Luke Bryan recently hosted The Voice coach Blake Shelton on his Apple Music show Party Barn Radio.

  • According to the “One Margarita” singer, Blake told him to say yes to judging American Idol.

  • In 2018, Luke joined American Idol’s panel when the show moved from Fox to ABC.

It’s almost time: On Valentine’s Day, judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie will take their seats for American Idol season 4 (the show's 19th season overall).

Ahead of the singing competition series returning to ABC, Luke went down memory lane with none other than fellow country star and Voice coach Blake Shelton. Why? Well, it turns out the “God’s Country” singer encouraged Luke to say yes to Idol in the first place.

“You said, ‘Do it.’ I said, ‘Heck yeah, I’m going to do it,’” Luke explained in the latest episode of his Apple Music show Party Barn Radio. “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.”

Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images
Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

Over the years, American Idol fans have spotted the “One Margarita” singer tear up from time to time, including in a recent preview of the upcoming season. Though Luke thought he would have no problem keeping his emotions in check when first coming on the show, judging has turned out to be a very moving experience for him.

“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,’” he told Blake. “But it is emotional, and it is amazing to watch kids put their life on the line.”

While Luke admits that he and Blake “inadvertently compete" with each other because of their rival shows, the two understand that The Voice and American Idol are different in major ways.

“I’ve always said that the tough parts of our jobs are in two different timelines ... People coming in with a number taped on their back or chest, and they’re just as raw as they could possibly be,” Blake said. “Where on The Voice, by the time they get through the audition process to make it onto the blind auditions, they’re a little more prepared for that moment because of what they go through just to get to that part.”

Don't know about you, but we love to hear these two friends talking about some of our favorite singing competition shows.

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