Itâ€™s official: Legendary performer Bette Midler is signing on as Blake Sheltonâ€™s guest mentor on Season 11 of ‘The Voice,’ and only â€œExtraâ€™sâ€™â€™ Renee Bargh was able to sit down with the two singers for their first interview together!
Blake and Bette were over the moon about working together. Blake smiled, â€œI canâ€™t believe you are sitting here.â€ Bette, who has won countless award throughout her career, gushed over the opportunity to work with the country music star. She shared, â€œI thought, â€˜Heâ€™s really cute, heâ€™s really funny, he has a tremendous amount of personal charm, and I would like to be in his orbit, so why not?’ and he writes… Iâ€™m a fan of his music.â€
Already demonstrating their team chemistry, Blake jumped in and said, â€œYou didnâ€™t talk about how good I am at being a coach.â€ Bette added, â€œAnd heâ€™s a tremendous coach. Actually, you are an excellent coach. I was a little bit freaked out to have to do this ’cause I thought, â€˜What the hell am I gonna tell these kids?’ Iâ€™d seen other coaches and their riffing and running and Iâ€™m like, ‘I canâ€™t do that.’â€
She continued, â€œNow Iâ€™m in your presence and I see how you’re so encouraging and youâ€™re very warm… the people who come through here feel like you’re rooting for them, and I feel thatâ€™s really important â€” it lets them relax.â€
With their own technique for working with his team, Blake commented, â€œI can change somebodyâ€™s song, she changes peopleâ€™s lives with her notes.â€
Blake also revealed he had never met Bette before the show. â€œI always wanted to. I actually use my position here on ‘The Voice’ to meet people who I want to meet.â€
Bette admitted she was unsure about taking the gig until Bruce Springsteen encouraged her. â€œHe said, â€˜You do have it in you to tell them what to do,’ and I didnâ€™t believe that until he showed me who I was.â€
â€œThe Voiceâ€ Season 11 will debut a special preview episode on Sunday, August 21, at 10:30 p.m. after the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics.