Honestly, Blake? We're not mad. We're just disappointed.
Shelton's hosting/performing gig on Saturday Night Live this week is a lesson in coulda-woulda-shoulda: He could've brought a bit of country to the concrete jungle, and he could've downplayed the differences between the big city and the small town sensibilities embraced by his music and persona. Despite some great comedic moments, an epic fake music video in "Wishin' Boot" and perfectly respectable renditions of "Boys 'Round Here" and "Neon Light," he stayed straight in the confines of assumption and delivered exactly the kind of episode we'd anticipate from someone who may as well be dubbed Music Row's Hollywood ambassador. He did what pop-country stars are expected to do by those who refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the genre: He banked on the easy jokes and became a cartoon of himself that grew more ridiculous with every punch line, and he threw a pallor over his performance (and country music on the whole) in the process.
He gave the haters what they wanted—and that's a problem, as Shelton's hokey routine set his songs up to fail.More »