Blake Shelton has tapped his former ACM Awards co-host, Luke Bryan, to mentor his team on the upcoming season of NBC's The Voice. Luke reportedly taped his episodes of the show earlier this month.
Luke told The Tennessean, “I enjoy being in the moment with those artists and in my gut feeling, tell them the best thing I can tell them and really lift them up. I think I get lost in the shuffle in the media of the guy who dances onstage. I think people don’t realize that I moved to town, wrote songs and got a record deal. Early in my career, I was so nervous about big moments, I didn’t even enjoy them. I just want to help these people settle into who they are and enjoy the moment.”
Blake said, “Once he realized he was getting wrapped up in it, Luke was showing them dance moves and things to do. That’s what happens, though. At some point, you realize, ‘I’m an artist, no one ever really listens to what we have to say because it’s our one thing we can do.’ But when these (contestants) ask, you can say, ‘That’s easy because I’ve been there before.’ Normally it’s (advice) you would take to the grave with you.”
Blake reportedly has asked Luke to mentor several times before but this was the first time his schedule would be able to accommodate.
Season 12 of The Voice begins on February 27th with original coaches Blake and Adam Levine as well as rotating coaches Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani.
In other Luke news, the superstar tweeted out a message to those devastated by the tornado that left several people dead and destroyed many more homes in Albany, Georgia, over the weekend. Yesterday (Monday, January 23rd), Luke wrote, “Praying for Albany and all of South Georgia. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones."