Blake Shelton Lashes Out At Music Critic

Blake Shelton isn’t someone you want to anger and he proved that last night. When music critic Joey Guerra voiced his opinion on Twitter about Holly Tucker, a hopeful singer on The Voice who was just sent home, he went too far in Shelton’s eyes.

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

When Shelton saw this tweet (and possibly the linked blog), he didn’t hold back his displeasure and in a succession of angry tweets he said the following:

— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) June 5, 2013

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.”

Whose side are you on?


-Ashley Quadros, KNCI/Sacramento


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