Nashville Hotline: Eric Church Makes Shocking Statement, Enrages Miranda Lambert

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Carrie Underwood, of course, got her start winning American Idol, and has gone on to have huge success in the music industry, but fellow country star Eric Church revealed what he really thinks about singers who compete on reality show like Idol and The Voice.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Church said, “if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green turn around in a red chair, you got a deal? That’s crazy… You’re not an artist.” He goes on to say that he’d rather starve than make the “mistake” of making his career about “something other than the music.”

Needless to say, Miranda Lambert, who got her start on country singing competition Nashville Star, and Blake Shelton, who judges in one of those red chairs, are not happy about what Church said.

Shelton tweeted: “I wish I misunderstood this…”

His wife Lambert also took to Twitter, though more directly: “Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist… You’re welcome for the tour in 2010.”

Eric Church has since explained that he never meant what he said as a slam against any artist in particular, but rather “the idea created by televised talent shows that there was a shortcut to success.”

Church also says that he has respect for many of the artists whose careers were spearheaded by such talent shows, and that he never meant to insult any of them.

In his public apology, Church says, “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.”

Listen to Nashville Hotline below for the full scoop!


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