Blake Shelton Lashes Out At Music Critic Over ‘Voice’ Contestant

Apparently Blake Shelton isn’t someone you want to anger. At least if his recent messages on Twitter are any indication.

After last night’s (June 4) episode of The Voice (on which Shelton is a coach), Houston Chronicle music critic Joey Guerra shared his opinion on Twitter about Holly Tucker, a contestant on the show who was sent home.

Guerra also linked to a recap he wrote on the episode, where he stated, “OH. Holly Tucker is gone. It took much too long. But finally. Back to Baylor University in Waco for you, madam.”

However, Shelton (whose Voice team until last night included Tucker) felt that Guerra went too far. When he saw what Guerra wrote about Holly Tucker, he didn’t hold back his displeasure, firing off a succession of angry Tweets. Calling what the Chronicle critic wrote “hate,” he said that Guerra makes him “sick” and even called him a “chicken s***” because of the “hurtful things” he wrote about a “kid” who was just “chasing a dream.”

“How about you come tell me to my face how terrible some of these kids are face to face..?” Shelton wrote. “You won’t. Ever.”

After calming down, Shelton apologized to his fans for the outbursts and explained his position.

One of Guerra’s colleagues, Andrew Dansby, came to his defense in a post published by the Houston Chronicle today, writing that “Guerra’s opinion was Tucker wasn’t as good as the other contestants. The words were curt, but nothing about them was hateful.”

Guerra responded to Shelton’s Tweets in the piece as well.

“I understand and respect Blake’s passion for his team,” Guerra is quoted as saying. He goes on to note that he’s personally “rooting for Danielle Bradbery because she’s from Houston” (where he lives and works), and that he also feels she’s “one of the show’s most talented contestants, regardless of geography.”

Guerra continued that he’s “honestly shocked at the nastiness of [Shelton’s] responses and the responses of people on Twitter. My job is to be a music critic, good and bad, and I will continue to do that, knowing that not everyone will agree with me, especially when it comes to TV singing competitions. Not everyone can win. And not everyone is equally fantastic. I’m proud of the work that I do, and I believe I’ve been fair. Nothing I said was out of malice or spite.”

Blake’s most recent Tweet show that he still stands behind his comments, despite the fact he’s taken some heat for them.

Season four of The Voice continues next week (June 10 and 11) on NBC.

-Ashley Quadros, KNCI/Sacramento

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