'The Voice': Blake Shelton says elimination 'a lot of pressure'
Blake Shelton said he was just as surprised as viewers by his elimination choice in Tuesday's episode of "The Voice." But he wasn't basing his decision on the whole season, he said. And that's why we saw country spitfire RaeLynn get the boot, not Erin Willet.
"There’s no point of having a sing-off if you're going to base your decision on the other episodes," Shelton said Wednesday during a panel for "The Voice" at NBC's press day. "That’s what sucks. ... I went into that show last night thinking that I would probably pick RaeLynn if they did an equal job. As a country artist I feel like maybe I could have helped her a bit more. But Erin had a better performance. I felt like it was my job in that red chair to do the right thing."
And for a moment, it seemed viewers weren't even going to see Shelton make his choice -- credits started rolling with the show drawing to a close, prompting host Carson Daly to frantically say, "Give me a name! Give me a name!"
"It's a lot of pressure," Shelton said.
And there may be a lot more of it. There have been reports the well-performing singing competition series would get a third season that would air in the fall -- which NBC has not yet officially announced. Daly, who also serves as a producer on "The Voice," was coy about whether it would actually happen.
"We'd certainly be excited by the opportunity to have a show people are so passionate on again in the fall," he said. "The truth is, it's a call from the network. We'd obviously be thrilled by it."
Photo: Contestants RaeLynn, left, Jermaine Paul and Erin Willet on Tuesday's episode of "The Voice." Credit: NBC