Hell hath no fury like The Voice fans when lyrics to a church song have been changed to omit the word “Lord." Last night, that’s exactly what happened when the top eight contestants took to the stage to sing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” The singers replaced the word “Lord” with “Oh,” and Blake Shelton’s Twitter fans unleashed a tirade over the omission.
Here’s the thing — according to FOX News, Blake had no idea it was changed.
"I don't know what, uh — how it happened, or — I'm learning about it just like you guys are," Shelton told Zap2it. "I was sitting in my chair singing that song how I grew up on it, with 'in the sky, Lord, in the sky.' I sang it as loud as I could. And that might be why I didn't realize until after the fact that 'Lord' was either taken out, or it was just performed some other way."
The really funny thing is executive producer Mark Burnett was just as clueless as everyone else, and even went over during the commercial break to find out what happened. That’s when he found out the show had to use the public domain version of the song in order for fans to later download it for free off iTunes. Both the public domain version and original hymnal version reportedly use “Oh” in lieu of “Lord.”
Of course, anyone who follows Blake on Twitter knows that the popular country singer has no problem putting enemies and fans alike in their place in the popular social media setting. He reportedly took complaints on Twitter all night, with one follower tweeting, “@blakeshelton really. .. taking the Lord out of the song. Smh at you man.” Blake tweeted back, “Don't look at me! I sang it the way I grew up on it.”
But Pandora’s box had already been opened, and the Twitter war continued. One person tweeted, “You should be ashamed of your selves [sic]. Everyone on this show. Why sing....” Blake didn’t mince any words in tweeting back, “If you can't be smarter, please stop speaking.”
And one Twitter follower tried to get him where it hurts — his home state of Oklahoma. The person tweeted, “OKLAHOMA IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU. SMH.” Blake tweeted back, “I doubt that but nice try dips—.”
Ain’t no party like a Blake Shelton Twitter party.
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Source: FOX News