It’s clear what the viewers of ‘The Voice’ want — more Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani! But the stars need to make sure they don’t let their hot new romance overshadow what their real focus should be: Their job as coaches to up-and-coming singers competing on the hit NBC show.
A highly-publicized relationship between Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani on The Voice has done wonders for getting people to talk about the show, but unfortunately, it also seems to be all people are talking about. At the end of the day, though, this show is about the aspiring artists, and it’s important that Blake and Gwen don’t lose sight of that.
Last week, the famous lovebirds did a great job at keeping their relationship on the DL for three episodes straight, save for a few brief moments of flirtation, which kept things simple, light and fun, while not taking any attention away from the contestants. But on the Nov. 16 episode, they were seen showing major PDA during more than one commercial break, and clearly weren’t trying to hide things anymore. But it was when Blake made a booty call joke about his girlfriend live on-air, causing the audience, and fellow coaches, Adam Levine and Pharrell, to erupt into laughter that couldn’t be contained for at least a full minute, which really had me worried. While poor Amy Vachal was waiting to be critiqued on stage, the focus completely shifted to Blake and Gwen’s relationship, and it just wasn’t fair.
I’ll admit it, I’m guilty of it, too: Since news broke that these two are dating, I’ve been intently watching their every move each episode, hoping for some proof that this is the real deal. But while I’ve been waiting to catch a glimpse of groundbreaking flirting or PDA, I’ve admittedly been paying less and less attention to what’s going on during the performances…and those are the whole point of the show!
I’m not trying to take anything away from Blake and Gwen as coaches — I think they’ve both proven that they’re beyond dedicated to their jobs on this show and have gone above and beyond all season long to make the artists on their team the best they can be. But as things progress in their personal lives, I can only hope that they keep that up and don’t lose sight of what they signed up to do: Win The Voice.
That being said, I think these two are adorable together, and I sincerely hope their romance isn’t just for show or publicity, as many have speculated. There’s totally nothing wrong with some playful banter and stealing a few kisses on camera here and there, and I certainly don’t think Blake and Gwen should have to hide their feelings if they’re real, but it’s also important that they find that perfect balance between work and play when they’re on the job. Do you agree?
HollywoodLifers, do you think Blake and Gwen are too focused on their relationship and not putting enough time into their team members? Or are they doing a great job at balancing both?
— Alyssa Norwin