Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton have fired back to the negative comments made by fellow country star Eric Church in his recent interview with Rolling Stone, according to a report in The Tennessean.
Church, in the Rolling Stone interview, criticizes both the judges and contestants on shows like American Idol and The Voice, on which Shelton is a judge.
Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green turn around in a red chair, you got a deal? That's crazy, Church says. I don't know what would make an artist do that. You're not an artist.
He went on to say that he believes getting involved in these shows taints an artist's legacy. Once your career becomes about something other than the music, then that's what it is. I'll never make that mistake. I don't care if I starve, he said.
Lambert and Shelton took to twitter in an effort to respond to church's comments.
While linking to a post reporting on Church's comments, Shelton simply tweeted, I wish I misunderstood this . . .,
Lambert, on the other hand, had a little bit more to add to the subject Thanks Eric Church for saying I'm not a real artist. Lambert noted that fellow stars Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Kelly Clarkson also broke through on similar shows, and she sarcastically tweeted, You're welcome for the tour in 2010, referring to his stint opening up for her shows that year.
Racheal (RaeLynn) Woodward, a teen country singer on Shelton's team this season on The Voice, also took a shot at the controversial Church.
Well I was a fan of @ericchurch till now, Woodward tweeted.
The Voice, featuring Shelton airs at 7 p.m. Mondays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays on NBC.
Meanwhile, Lambert's On Fire tour featuring her trio Pistol Annies, Chris Young (who won Nashville Star in 2006) and Jerrod Niemann will play a sold-out show at Bridgestone May 19.