by Brad Schmitt
Brad Schmitt is a longtime Nashville entertainment journalist, having shared the goods on Music City’s most interesting people in the newspaper, on TV, and online for more than 15 years. Every week, Brad hits country fans with the latest news from Nashville and the lives of their favorite country artists.
Blake can’t wait to take on original “Voice” coaches
It’s probably easy to be stoked to start another season of The Voice when you’ve won the last three in a row.
Such is the case for Blake Shelton, who has put a smack down on his opponents on the popular NBC show. And it began Monday night (Sept. 23) with Blake going up against the originals — Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera.
“I think it’s going to create probably the most competitive season that we’ve seen on The Voice so far because the four of us — it really brings back those original rivalries that we had in the beginning,” Blake says.
But it’ll be a friendly rivalry, Blake adds.
“It’s a reminder of how lucky we were to accidentally somehow end up with four people who actually became instant friends and who argue and bicker like friends do, like family do, and we love like family.”
Yeah. Blake loves to kick that booty!
Uh oh — comedian Amy Poehler does Carrie Underwood’s red carpet interview
Did anyone else squirm when Amy Poehler stole the mic from Ryan Seacrest to interview Carrie Underwood on the carpet before Sunday’s (Sept. 22) Emmys?
Carrie was there to sing a Beatles song, “Yesterday,” for a tribute to the ’60s. And Amy was probably there to support her show, Parks and Recreation.
Turns out Amy was a pretty good interviewer. She asked about Carrie’s dress first before getting into Carrie’s upcoming live TV performance as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
“It’s three hours of live TV. I got to memorize lines,” Carrie said. “I don’t know how you guys do it!”
“We barely do,” Amy said. “We barely do. We have those things called cue cards.”
Then, Amy’s hardest hitting question:
“Carrie, can we talk religion, politics and do some swear words as well? Let’s get into it.”
“Please,” Carrie said, but she didn’t.
“Best interview ever,” Ryan said.
Taylor overcomes massive cold to finish tour in Nashville
OK, so a runny nose and scratchy throat and headache are no fun for anyone, let alone someone who has to sing for a couple of hours in front of 16,000 people. But Taylor Swift powered through, though she let the crowd in on the fact that she wasn’t feeling so hot.
Taylor gave a rather long-winded intro to the song “Mean” in Nashville Saturday night (Sept. 21). “I’m on so much cold medicine; that’s why this is taking so long,” Taylor said. Still, the show went on in crazy, wild fashion, and the tour ender was a smash.
Taylor tweeted afterward:
To Nashville, and all the crowds we played for in 66 cities..in sickness and in health, I will love you forever. #redtour
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) September 22, 2013
Taylor will have a couple of months to rest up before she’s back out again, launching the Red Tour Dec. 4 in Australia.