In the past year or so, it seems that a lot of country singers have embraced reality TV. Could Luke Bryan be next? With the success that Blake Shelton and Keith Urban have both seen from their separate stints on “The Voice,” as well as John Rich’s triumph for charity that came with winning “Celebrity Apprentice,” it’s definitely something to keep in mind.
“It depends on what level of reality we’re talking about,” Luke told The Boot after Wednesday’s CMA nominations press conference in New York. “You never rule out anything, you never say never. Now, I’ll never skydive, I know that. [laughs] But it would have to be really something that I felt like would be the right thing. It’s not on my radar now. More of what’s on my radar now is focusing on music and performing and singing great, and being a dad and husband. From there, we’ll see what lands on my plate, but you never rule out anything.”
However, his good friend and tourmate Jason Aldean doesn’t seem quite as open as the “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” singer.
“My gut says probably not,” Jason tells The Boot. “I’m a musician, I wanna play music. I don’t really care a whole lot about being on a TV show. I enjoy playing my music and being on the road and touring, and that’s what I wanna be known for. I don’t know, that’s just how I feel about it.”
The topic of reality TV and country singers can be a touchy subject. Earlier this year, Eric Church was the center of controversy after a Rolling Stone interview in which he voiced his disdain for competition shows such as “The Voice” and “American Idol.” The comments evoked negative responses from Miranda Lambertand Blake Shelton, leading to the “Springsteen” singer to clarify his position and apologize to his fellow musicians.
“The comment I made to Rolling Stone was part of a larger commentary on these types of reality television shows and the perception they create, not the artists involved with the shows themselves,” Eric said. “The shows make it appear that artists can shortcut their way to success. There are a lot of artists due to their own perseverance that have gone on to be successful after appearing on these shows, but the real obstacles come after the cameras stop rolling. Every artist has to follow up television appearances with dedication towards their craft, but these shows tend to gloss over that part and make it seem like you can be ordained into stardom. I have a problem with those perceived shortcuts, not just in the music industry. Many people have come to think they can just wake up and have things handed to them.”
Fans seem to disagree, though, with the demand for “The Voice” having grown so much that the show has added a second season to this year. The overall third season of “The Voice” premieres Sept. 10 at 8:00 pm ET on NBC.