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Blake Shelton On ‘The Voice’ Rejecting Luke Combs: “It’s Embarrassing”

Back before Luke Combs turned out the turbo jets for what’s become a record-breaking career already, he actually auditioned for The Voice.

We talked to Luke about it years ago, and he said:

“I was on spring break a few years ago when ‘The Voice’ was having auditions in Atlanta, Georgia. In my audition round I was the only guy and you get about thirty seconds to sing. I made it to the next round that was at a studio, and then made it to the next cut. They had four audition cities and narrowed it from about 10,000 to 200 people. Then you don’t know if you made it to the show for a few months. I made it through those rounds with the producers, but I got a letter saying I wasn’t “interesting” enough for the show’s ratings so I didn’t get to the show. But it gave me a lot of confidence because I was good enough voice wise to make it through all those producer auditions.”

Not “interesting” enough.

Bahahahahaha. That’s too funny. But yeah, it happened. And it’s why I think these reality singing shows are such dogshit.

Obviously Blake Shelton is a judge on The Voice, and props to him for usually going after the country talent, and helping them after the show ends. However, he was recently asked in a radio interview about that Luke Combs rejection, and he didn’t mince words…

“He told me that story…there’s no way around it, it’s embarrassing,” Blake says. “Let’s just face it.”

“Well, Luke told me that he kept his rejection letter, his letter saying we’re not gonna put you on the show. He said he put that in his dorm room in college and he hung it on the wall to push him on, something to fight for.”

“I don’t know if he still has that letter or not, but if he does … I think he should frame it and put it next to his first triple-platinum album that he has,” Shelton laughs.

Here’s Luke talking about the rejection, and Blake.

A nice reminder to keep fighting, hustling, and grinding.

Way back in his college days, Luke Combs covered “Simple Man” at Town Tavern in Boone, North Carolina.

Good thing that ‘Voice’ thing didn’t work out.

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