Blake Shelton and Reality TV: a perfect match

Blake Shelton has received plenty of awards and accolades that have earned him his fair share of bragging rights, and now he has one more. The country star notched yet another coaching victory on the popular singing competition series The Voice, as contestant Sundance Head was crowned winner of the show’s eleventh season Tuesday night.

Shelton has been featured as a vocal coach and mentor for aspiring singers since the series premiered in 2011, and has now led five contestants to winning the show’s final vote and its coveted recording deal prize.

Head, like three of Shelton’s previous Voice winners, is suited for the country genre, performing covers of current country hits like Maren Morris‘ “My Church” and Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” during his stint on the show.

The Voice has not only changed the lives of its contestants, but Shelton’s as well. The Nashville native has become known for his charismatic TV personality and playful friendship/rivalry with fellow Voice coach Adam Levine of Maroon 5. The coaching gig has boosted Shelton’s music career, as he has seen an incredible 14 singles chart at no. 1 since the show’s first season. Even in the wake of a shocking divorce from fellow country superstar Miranda Lambert, Shelton found solace through The Voice, and eventually found love with Gwen Stefani, who served as a vocal coach for the show’s seventh and ninth seasons, and is committed to rejoin the cast in the upcoming twelfth season.

In addition to propelling his own stardom, Blake Shelton’s guidance and experience with the industry has given a platform for all his contestants on the show, whether they finish in first or not. Season three winner Cassadee Pope has become a driving force of new talent in country music, and is currently nominated for a Grammy for her duet with Chris Young, “Think of You.” The Swon Brothers, Shelton’s finalists from the show’s fourth season, have spent the past year on tour with country megastar Carrie Underwood, while season four winner Danielle Bradbury has supported some of the genre’s biggest names on tour, including Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge, and Brad Paisley.

Shelton has also invited young singer RaeLynn, who competed on his team during the show’s sophomore season, to join him next year on his Doing It to Country Songs tour.

Love him or hate him, there’s no doubt that The Voice and Blake Shelton are a perfect match.


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