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Blake Shelton's Love of '80s Hair Bands'

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By Jennifer Vaughn

Blake Shelton recently admitted that he has not always loved only country music.

On an episode of 'The Voice,' he said, "I just happen to be a little bit of a nerd for that '80s hair band stuff."

Blake went on to say, "The only reason I didn't choose rock music is because I sound like this." Wait. What?! Blake would have been a rockstar had he not been blessed with a Southern twang in his voice? This is honestly shocking.

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Now that we all get to ponder this for the foreseeable future, read on to find out more about this shocking confession.

Apparently it all happened when someone auditioned for 'The Voice,' choosing to sing a rock song. The contestant that got Blake's chair to turn around was Todd Michael Hall, a 50-year-old with long rocker hair that chose to sing 'Juke Box Hero' by Foreigner. This song choice is apparently rare on 'The Voice,' and everyone loved it.


After Blake and Lionel both turned their chairs around, Blake began trying to convince Todd to choose his team. He succeeded, saying that Todd is "the most exciting artist I've gotten on my team in a long time."

Now, maybe you are wondering, "Who exactly is this Todd Michael Hall guy?"

Well, he is married with three kids. He has also been the lead singer of Riot V since 2013. The band has actually been making music since 1977. Since then, they have released 16 albums.

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The band's latest album 'Armor of Light' was released in 2018. This album comes after 'Unleash the Fire,' another album released by the band. This album was on the Hard Rock 100 Billboard charts at number 75. It also received a rating of 4 out of 5 from 'Rolling Stone Magazine.'

So Todd is a member of a very accomplished band. His choice to be a contestant on 'The Voice' is a wise one. It will most likely increase their fame.

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On January 24, 2018, Riot V was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History. For those interested, their website even has merchandise for sale, including t-shirts, albums, beanies, and badges.

Now we all know that while Blake was impressed by Todd, Todd is already successful as a vocalist. Regardless of his reasons for auditioning on 'The Voice,' it is a smart decision for Riot V.

It is also awesome that these events led to the amazing tweet shared by Blake on February 24, showing him with long rockstar hair.

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