The Voice’s Blake Shelton on Eliminating RaeLynn: Miranda Is Disappointed, But I Made the Right Choice
It feels like Blake Shelton has been defending young country singer RaeLynn ever since she got a spot on his team this season on The Voice.
After a strong blind audition performance, RaeLynn went on to beat out fellow country contestant Adley Stump in a highly contested battle round performance.
Blake proceeded to blast a journalist for insulting RaeLynn’s talents (or in the writer’s opinion, lack thereof) in a very public Twitter war. But now the country singer must defend his decision to eliminate his youngest contestant last Tuesday night, April 17.
The comparisons between RaeLynn and Blake Shelton’s wife, Miranda Lambert, have been numerous — Miranda even calls RaeLynn “Baby Annie” after her band The Pistol Annies.
Blake has made regular comments about how RaeLynn is the future of country music, and how everyone in country already adores her.
So, why did Blake eliminate her over soul singer Erin Willett?
"I actually came into the battle thinking that if they both do really good, I'd probably go with RaeLynn just because she was a country artist," Blake told Country Vibe. "I feel like I can effect change there. I just don't think she did a very good performance tonight and that wouldn't be fair to Erin. I couldn't feel good about doing my job if I would have made my decision just because RaeLynn is a country artist."
Where was this performance-based judging during RaeLynn’s battle round, Blake? Blake admits that Miranda isn’t too pleased with the decision.
“She’s probably a little bit [disappointed],” he said. “But I have to do what I think is right as a coach and based off what I saw that was my kneejerk reaction. RaeLynn will be fine. Oh my God, my wife is in love with her. She’ll probably make a record on her and everything else.”