Blake Shelton Cops to His Pageant-Performing Past

by Raphael Chestang 11:50 AM PDT, August 04, 2015
Playing Blake Shelton Cops to His Pageant-Performing Past

Blake Shelton isn't just owning up to having "one of those weeks" after news of his divorce broke, he's also ready to talk pageant life.

The 39-year-old country star fessed up to ET about his mom starting him in pageants as a little boy and, like most of us, pal Brad Paisley couldn't believe his ears.

ET dug up video of The Voice coach singing during a Valentine's Day-themed beauty pageant in 1985 when he would have been around 8 years old. Shelton confirmed that he had to join a girl pageant as there were no pageants for boys, but he quipped that he was "picking up chicks."

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While Shelton's main focus was the performance, he wasn't able to pick and choose which categories to participate in.

"There was a talent portion of the pageant," Shelton explained. "In order for me to sing in the pageant, like my mom wanted me to, I had to do the evening wear and all that crap."

"This is the greatest thing I've ever heard," Paisley said.

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Paisley is helping Shelton mentor his team on The Voice this season, which premieres Sept. 21 on NBC.

Watch the video to see 8-year-old Shelton rock out to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll."