Trace Adkins won’t follow in buddy Blake Shelton’s footsteps

American Country Awards host Trace Adkins told us he’ll never be able to act as judge on a show like The Voice. Find out why!

Trace Adkins talks hosting and judging

Country music buddies Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins share a love of performing and a “Hillbilly Bone,” but that’s where the similarities end. The duo — both scheduled to appear on tonight’s American Country Music Awards — differ when it comes to judging others.

“I always feel a little awkward when I’m in a position to judge someone,” Adkins told SheKnows last month while judging the Waggin’ Train Tail Waggin’ Jingle contest finals in Nashville. “It’s hard to make eye contact. I never have enjoyed sitting in judgment of anyone.”

In contrast, Shelton found his niche — and a new audience — as one of the four judges on NBC’s hit show The Voice.

That’s not to say Adkins isn’t willing to step outside his musical comfort zone. The Lincoln Lawyer actor will take the stage with Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth as co-hosts of this year’s show.

“I guess they didn’t learn anything last year,” Adkins joked to SheKnows, referencing the fact that he was the host of last year’s show. Adkins is looking forward to sharing the stage with the pint-sized star, even if their height and weight difference might make it look a little awkward.

“I’m looking forward to working with her,” he said. “She’s a spitfire and will help make up for my less-than-enthusiastic hosting capabilities.”

Adkins — also scheduled to perform — said he thinks he’ll do a better job this year.

“I’ll be more comfortable,” he said.

The American Country Awards will air starting at 8 p.m. EST on FOX.

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