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Blake Shelton Says Back-to-Back ‘The Voice’ Seasons Are ‘Not Acceptable,’ Admits He’s Unsure About His Future

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On the television screen, ‘The Voice’ coach Blake Shelton looks like he’s having a good time, but in the press, the country music star isn’t shy about his disappointment in doing back-to-back seasons of the show. As Shelton told Access Hollywood recently, he seemingly has to choose between being a reality TV star and a touring career singer — and he’s not happy about it.

“I don’t know how much longer I’m even going to do it,” Shelton said, speaking about his future with ‘The Voice.’

Although the ‘Honeybee’ hitmaker willingly signed on to be a part of ‘The Voice’ Season 3, which is airing now, he has been openly critical about producer Mark Burnett’s decision to do two seasons of the show in one year, as it would return for new episodes in early 2013.

Shelton told Access Hollywood that he and his fellow judges, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Adam Levine, are being forced to choose between the show and their music careers.

“It’s their decision [for us to leave], in that they’re the ones choosing to do back to back seasons,” he explained. “They really leave us no other option. As far as Christina and Adam and Cee Lo and I — if we want to tour, there’s not a chance of that doing back to back seasons. That’s not acceptable to me.”

Although Shelton has also admitted that ‘The Voice’ helped him to become a household name, it sounds like he’s wondering if it’s time to call it quits and get back to his guitar full-time.

“At some point, I’ve got to go, ‘You know what — this has been awesome. It’s changed my life, but it’s not my life,’” he said. “I’ve got to get back to what I really do, and that’s country music.”

Ever the jokester, he added, “[And] getting drunk after shows and tweeting.”

For now, expect to see Shelton all fall on NBC, but it remains to be seen what will happen next for ‘The Voice’ judge.

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