Blake Shelton Says He’s ‘Not Really Nervous’ to Host ‘SNL’
Blake Shelton will finally make his debut as host of 'Saturday Night Live' on Saturday (Jan. 24). But while the job undoubtedly leaves seasoned celebrities plagued with nerves, the singer says he has no worries leading up to the big night.
"I'm not really nervous," Shelton reveals in the video above. "I'm a natural at making an ass out of myself, and if that's what this show requires of me, I think I'm gonna nail it."
Shelton, who will also serve double-duty as the evening's musical guest, already has some experience with serving up off-the-cuff comments before a live audience: He's served as co-host of the ACM Awards every year since 2010, first with Reba McEntire and then with Luke Bryan. On 'SNL,' however, Shelton will be handling much of his duties solo, including the famed opening monologue.
"I really don't have any plans for the monologue for 'Saturday Night Live,'" he admits. "I don't know anything about how to do this, so I'm really looking forward to my first meeting with the cast."
Shelton joins an elite list of country artists who have served as host and musical guest for the iconic TV show; Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift have all played the double role since the show began in 1975. And while hosting 'SNL' is a job coveted by plenty of celebrities, the 'Lonely Tonight' singer says performing for the live broadcast means the most to him.
"I grew up obviously, like all of us did, watching this show," Shelton tells E! News, "and because I'm an artist, I'm a country singer, that was always my dream is to get a chance to sing on this show."
'Saturday Night Live' airs on Saturday nights at 11:30 PM ET on NBC.
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