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Blake Shelton, Nancy O’Dell Play Interview Ping-Pong

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Blake Shelton proves he’s a multi-tasker by taking on “Entertainment Tonight” host Nancy O’Dell in a game of interview ping-pong. The singer and the “ET” star volleyed serves back and forth at an outdoor ping-pong table and the always candid Blake handled questions in between, covering everything from how it feels to score six No. 1 hits in a row to what he really thinks about Christina Aguilera‘s low-cut outfits on “The Voice” (Spoiler alert: he’s in favor of them — watch the video below for more.)

In response to the question, “What is the one thing you said to the press that you wish you could take back,” Blake responds, “The one thing?” then adds, “You know what, I stand by stuff I say. Even the really stupid stuff. I’ll find a way to stand by it and justify it. The truth is I can’t even remember the stuff I’ve said.”

It doesn’t take long for Blake to get in a playful dig at a fellow “Voice” coach, however. As he chases an errant ping-pong ball, Nancy says, “We need a ball boy. Where’s Adam Levine when you need him?” Blake quips, “He doesn’t have any balls.”

Another competition Blake and Nancy discuss is the recent ACM awards, during which he won the trophy for Top Male Vocalist but lost the fan-voted award for Entertainer of the Year to Taylor Swift. Of the latter, he says, “I would have been mad if Taylor hadn’t have won that award.” When Nancy presses him about his thoughts on winning Male Vocalist, he notes, “Oh, well, I’m damn proud of that and screw the rest of ’em.”

But, he adds, “I don’t know how to be competitive about music. And that’s one of the hard things about ‘The Voice.’ It is a competition, but that’s ‘anti-music’ to me. I think that’s why the show is so big, because it throws a different element into music and making it in the industry that’s foreign and shouldn’t be there. It makes the show fun and interesting.”

Also interesting to note is that although it was taped well before the incident was first reported on Monday (April 30), Blake’s explanation of “The Voice” and its approach to finding new talent could also serve as a response to fellow country artist Eric Church‘s scathing Rolling Stone interview during which he criticized TV singing competitions, taking a swipe at Blake in the process.

Season 2 of “The Voice” is now down to eight contestants. Team Blake boasts vocal powerhouses Erin Willett and Jermaine Paul. Tonight’s (May 1) episode will see four contestants go home. “The Voice” airs on NBC at 9:00 PM ET.

Watch Blake & Nancy’s Ping-Pong Interview

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