NBC, Blake Shelton prepping telethon for Oklahoma tornado victims

Viewers who tuned in to last night's live episode of NBC's "The Voice" were treated to an emotional tribute to the victims of the Oklahoma City tornado by country singer Blake Shelton.

Lambert and Shelton

Shelton, who is a native of the affected state, sang a duet with fellow country star and wife Miranda Lambert on the Tuesday edition, urging viewers to donate to the Red Cross' relief efforts.

Reportedly, the singer is not stopping there, and is attempting to organize a benefit concert to air on the network to generate support for the natural disaster victims. At this point, details are sparse on who will be called on to perform, but the singer is hopeful that it will come together very soon. "We’ll know more about it in the next 24 hours," Shelton revealed. "I’m hoping it will raise a lot of money. Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly."

NBC has previously aired specials for disaster relief with some success, including the "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" hour-long special which reportedly brought in nearly $23 million. In addition to his fellow judges on "The Voice," other singers with ties to Oklahoma include Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith and Trisha Yearwood.

The EF-5 tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, killed at least 24 people and obliterated buildings in Moore and Oklahoma City on Monday.

- The Voice (US)
- Blake Shelton

Written by: kyleiam
May 22nd, 2013, 8:56 am

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