Blake Shelton Admits “It’s Embarrassing” That ‘The Voice’ Rejected Luke Combs Back In The Day

back earlier Luke combs Turns out the Turbojets has already become a record-breaking career he actually auditioned for The voice (I can’t stand this show, is this show still on?).

We spoke to Luke about that years ago and he said:

“I was on spring break a few years ago when ‘The Voice’ auditioned in Atlanta, Georgia. In my audition round I was the only guy and you have about 30 seconds to sing. I made it to the next round, which was in a studio, and then made it to the next cut.

They had four casting cities and capped them from around 10,000 to 200 people. Then you don’t know if you made it onto the show for a few months.

I got 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 come on the show. But it gave me a lot of confidence because I was vocally good enough to get through all those producer auditions.”


This is too funny, but yes it happened…

Not “interesting” enough

That’s why I think these reality singing shows are such rubbish these days.

Obviously Blake Shelton is a judge The voice, and props to him for usually looking after the country talents and helping them out after the show ends. However, he was asked about Luke Combs’ cancellation in a recent radio interview, and he didn’t mince his words…

“He told me this story … there’s no avoiding it, it’s embarrassing. Let’s be honest.

Luke told me he kept his rejection letter, his letter saying we won’t put you on the show. He said he hung this up in his college dorm and hung it on the wall to fuel him, 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.”

Here Luke talks about the rejection and Blake.

A nice reminder to keep fighting, rushing and grinding.

In college, Luke Combs covered Simple Man at the Town Tavern in Boone, North Carolina.

Good, that Voice the thing didn’t work.

Luke Combs recalls being told he doesn’t look like a country singer: ‘Put me in the Jiffy Lube you’ll think I’m managing AB*tch’s son’

We spoke to American Aquarium’s BJ Barham recently on the podcast about the way the country music industry crafts artists that fit that image, and I was reminded of that story by Luke combs.

A while ago, Luke Combs joined Scott Van Pelt’s podcast SVPod, and while they were talking about sports (Lamar Jackson throwing a trash mid-game), music, gambling and everything under the sun, a bit caught my eye (and drove me crazy) when Luke talked about signing a record deal.

Long story short, Luke had just moved into town and was writing with friends and people he’d met in town, playing showcases and writing sessions… you know, that’s what you do when you come to Nashville.

But a lot of people (record execs and industry people) told Luke that he was destined to just be a songwriter for these bigger artists because he didn’t “look the part”.

And here was Luke’s brilliantly honest (and hilarious) answer:

“We’re talking COUNTRY music here… if anyone looks like that, it’s me.

The OTHER guys don’t look like it, that’s the problem. I’m not the guy that’s the problem here.

Throw those other guys at the Jiffy Lube, they’ll look out of place. If you stick me in Jiffy Lube you’ll think I can handle the bastard.”

Can I get an amen?

But by all means, keep pumping those imitative pretty boys out of the Nashville music machine….

Meanwhile, Luke Combs is busy racking up hit after hit after hit, and oh yeah… a nice little Entertainer of the Year award to go along with it.

Anyway, check out the full podcast, it’s good to hear. Blake Shelton Admits “It’s Embarrassing” That ‘The Voice’ Rejected Luke Combs Back In The Day

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