Country star standoff: ‘Idol’ judge Luke Bryan is no ‘Voice’ coach Blake Shelton, fans say amid ratings disaster

NBC has had a lot of success with its country crooner “Voice” coach Blake Shelton, so it was only natural that ABC would cast a similarly successful country starring, Luke Bryan, to serve as a magistrate on its reboot of “American Idol.”

Bryan was the first to admit that he and Blake “are very similar human beings” but promised to deliver a different performance than that of Shelton.

“There are going to be aspects where I am going to sound like Blake Shelton probably sometimes, but then there are going to be aspects where I do things much differently than Blake, ” Bryan told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour in January .

“I think it’s about merely being me and carving out who I am as … a television personality. You know, I am still “ve had to” … segue from being only a singer to being on television, ” he said.

Perhaps Bryan should learn to imitate his fellow country superstar a bit more as many fans have taken to Twitter to complain about Bryan’s judging skills, comparing him to Shelton and saying he’s coming up short.

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