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Blake Shelton amuses Wichita audience -- and plays some music, too

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at 10:41 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at 2:04 p.m.

Blake Shelton: country music singer, television star, stand-up comedian.

Shelton, who these days is known as much for his role as a judge on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” as he is for his 12-year career and long list of albums, showed the sold-out crowd gathered at Intrust Bank Arena on Saturday that he’s also a big clown (a 6-foot-5-inch-tall clown, to be exact).

The crowd of approximately 11,000 people – one of whom was actress and Wichita native Kirstie Alley – spent much of the show laughing at Shelton’s on-stage chatter, and there was a lot of it. The joking might have taken as much stage time as the singing did.

He got the biggest laughs just before he launched into a series of songs from early in his career. Shelton joked that performing the older songs didn’t feel quite right.

“I brought something that I think can help me reconnect with my old self,” he said before turning around and putting on a cowboy hat with a built-in mullet flowing from the back.

He also talked about his famous wife, fellow country music star Miranda Lambert, and late in the show, she surprised the audience by joining him on stage and singing her hit “Baggage Claim.” He kissed and hugged her before she waved to the crowd and disappeared backstage.

During the show, Shelton also talked about his job on “The Voice,” feigning modesty as he reminded the audience how many times people he’s coached have won.

“I don’t know if y’all know it or not,” he said. “Maybe you know, and I’m not trying to brag, but I’ve won that thing, like, I don’t know, three times in a row or something like that.”

He then surprised the audience by bringing Danielle Bradbery, the most recent winner of the show, on stage to perform her single “The Heart of Dixie.”

Shelton also got around to singing some of his own songs, including “Sure Be Cool If You Did” and “Mine Would Be You” from his new album “Based on a True Story.”

And he included several old favorites from his library of hits, such as “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” “Honey Bee,” “God Gave Me You,” “Austin” and “Hillbilly Bone.”

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