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Eric Church Issues Apology, Clarifies Comments About ‘The Voice’

May 01, 2012 09:18 AM by Shayla Perry

After making some pretty strong comments about Blake Shelton, The Voice, and American Idol — and subsequently being put in his place by one Miranda Lambert — Country music star Eric Church has issued an apology, explaining his issue with reality singing competitions. What did he have to say?

“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,” Church clarifies. “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,” he continues. “Many people have come to think they can just wake up and have things handed to them. I have a lot of respect for what artists like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and my friend Miranda Lambert have gone on to accomplish. This piece was never intended to tear down any individual, and I apologize to anybody I offended in trying to shed light on this issue. I am grateful for all of the artists and fans that have supported me along my journey and certainly did not mean for my comments to undermine their talent and achievements.”

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2 Responses to “Eric Church Issues Apology, Clarifies Comments About ‘The Voice’”

  1. conni daniel Says:
    May 1st, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I’ve NEVER like Eric Church. Now I sure don’t!!! He’s a total no-talent and for him to slam country’s best??!!! What a loser!

  2. Cathleen Hayes Says:
    May 5th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I LOVE ERIC CHURCH,Everyone can have a opinion thats called freedom of speech and I do believe him when he apoligized. Now lets move on

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