Here’s my latest foray into entertainment journalism. I previewed Blake Shelton’s upcoming performance at the Illinois State Fair.
So you want to get to know Blake Shelton, find out about the guy behind the country music star? You don’t need to schmooze his publicist for access. No need to track down his family and former classmates. And please, don’t stalk him at the fairgrounds when he shows up for his show on Wednesday.
If you have Internet access, there’s plenty of Blake Shelton out there — the real guy, not the star.
You can find out how he prepares for a show (orange Orbit gum, Bacardi Rum and Sprite Zero figure prominently). You can hear him poke fun at country music stars’ hairstyles (Rascal Flatts gets called out). And you can learn his views on animal rights activists (he and PETA aren’t getting along).