Blake Shelton Throws Shade at Past Contestants of ‘The Voice’ For Not Being “Superstars”

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During the very first live episode on The Voice this season, Cam Anthony delivered an awesome rendition of Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” He was the last performer of the night and nobody was more impressed with his performance than his coach Blake Shelton. But, Shelton definitely threw some major shade at past contestants of The Voice while giving his critiques.

‘The Voice’ Coach Blake Shelton Praises Cam Anthony For Live Performance

“You have delivered every time you stand on this stage,” Shelton said. “I’ve never had more people asking me about an artist on my team, in 20 seasons of doing this show. You could be the first superstar that we launch off this show.”

John Legend commented about how he is still so upset that Cam is not on his team after he was blocked during his Blind Audition. Cam chose to be on Team Blake and has cemented himself as a standout in the competition ever since.

Cam went viral when he was 11 years old singing a Bruno Mars song. Since then, he has been presented with so many opportunities including an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and opened up for Patti LaBelle. The 19-year-old just ended his recording contract with Dr.Dre and is looking to see what The Voice has to offer.

Was Shelton’s Critique a Dig At Past Contestants From the Show?

While it seemed like at the moment, Shelton was giving Cam the highest form of a compliment, it also feels like it was a dig at some of the past contestants. Shelton basically implied that The Voice has never produced a superstar. Fans of Melanie Martinez would probably disagree with Shelton on this.

Martinez has amassed a whopping 9.2 million Instagram followers since competing on the show in 2012. This is more Instagram followers than even Shelton has. Even though she did not win, she captivated the audience with her charming voice and unique look. Her coach Adam Levine knew that she was something special and probably would tell his buddy Shelton to re-evaluate his recent statement.

Martinez signed to Atlantic Records after the show. She released her EP Dollhouse in 2014 prior to her first album Cry Baby in 2015. This album was a smash success. It peaked on the US Billboard Music Charts at No. 6. Cry Baby also landed at No. 1 on the US Top Alternative Charts. Her music has over 2 billion streams across multiple platforms. Martinez has gone on three headlining tours. She even wrote and directed a short film to go along with her second album K-12. Take that, Blake!

You can’t possibly go on TikTok these days without hearing one of Matinez’s songs blaring in the background of a video. She is one of the few artists from The Voice that has been nominated for a Billboard Music Award. At just 26 years old, Martinez is a superstar and The Voice and its coaches need to realize that.

SEE ALSO: BLAKE SHELTON REGRETS PREDICTING KENZIE WHEELER AS THE WINNER OF ‘THE VOICE’

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is the Talent Guru here at Talent Recap. Her work has been featured at The Blast. Samantha graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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