Blake Shelton brought his guitar and country twang to Saturday Night Live, and from the moment he sat down on a hay-bale during the opening monlogue, he instilled the show with an easygoing sensibility. In contrast to most music or TV stars, Shelton played himself with an ease and comfort that’s impossible to fake—almost like some of the athletes that host. That might have put a ceiling on what he could do, but he seemed right at home with the cast in his SNL debut.
His Hee-Haw parody was a clever self-deprecating tone-setter, and his hate-filled ballad on Topeka Today was full of chuckles—especially when paired with Kate McKinnon’s old-timey photos. He may have mishandled a few punchlines on Celebrity Family Feud, but overall, he profited from the gift of modest expectations. READ FULL STORY