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EXCLUSIVE: Blake Shelton on Adding 'Voice' Alumni to His 2017 Tour: 'Their Connection With Viewers Is Real'

by Antoinette Bueno 11:32 AM PST, January 11, 2017
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Blake Shelton on Adding 'Voice' Alumni to His 2017 Tour: 'Their Connection With Viewers Is Real'

Blake Shelton is reinforcing his commitment to his coaching duties on The Voice.

The 40-year-old country crooner added his former team members Sundance Head and RaeLynn on his upcoming "Doing It to Country Songs" tour, which kicks off on Feb. 16 in Bakersfield, California, and will continue through March 18th.

"There's a tremendous number of talented people that come on The Voice and the talent and connection with viewers is real and tangible," Shelton tells ET in an exclusive statement. "Sundance had amazing sales on iTunes and America voted him the winner. And RaeLynn made a connection on The Voice and is having success with her single, 'Love Triangle.' That talent and connection is why I'm excited for them and excited they will be joining me on tour."

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Last month, Head was crowned the winner of the hit NBC show singing competition's 11th season. RaeLynn also rose to fame on The Voice while competing in the second season, though she was eventually eliminated.

"I'm just elated and really excited about being able to perform with a great entertainer and learn something from him while I’m on the road," Head said in a statement. "It's going to be the most fun thing I've ever done."

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During a press conference for The Voice last month, Shelton put Universal Music -- the record company that signs each winner of The Voice -- on blast for its inability to produce a star from the show. He also said he believed that Head "deserves to be a star."

"I want to personally issue a challenge to Universal Records," he said. "This is the guy that I think can break the mold and become a star out of this show. I hope, and I give my word that I'll put my work in -- and I know he will -- this guy deserves to be a star. There's no excuses anymore. We need to make the record and put the work behind it that he deserves to have this success that he deserves, and that has to start with Universal Records getting involved and getting behind him."

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