These photos of little Blake are priceless.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
October 21, 2020
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"Just take those old records off the shelf / I'll sit and listen to 'em by myself..." Today's music may not have the same soul, but little Blake Shelton was all about that old time rock and roll.

Such is the case as we learned thanks to a hilarious new interview with Blake Shelton on The Kelly Clarkson Show. On the NBC talk show, Shelton recalls performing in pageants while he was growing up in Oklahoma. "My mom would enter me into pageants...so I could sing in the talent portion. But then you would also have to do the evening wear..." he trails off, to which Clarkson cracks up over the idea of Shelton modeling evening wear.

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"I do remember my two specialties were 'Old Time Rock and Roll' by Bob Seger and I would do 'Cat Scratch Fever' by Ted Nugent which didn't go over very well with the soccer moms in the audience. I don't know if you've ever heard that song or what it's about, but you can imagine, I think," Shelton continues.

"Did your evening wear end up helping you win, though?" Clarkson jokes to the singer and her fellow judge of NBC's The Voice. Watch the full interview along with adorable photos of Shelton as a youngster—along with a discussion about Shelton's childhood foray into breakdancing—below.

While we can't reverse the hands of time, we sure wish we could see little Shelton performing Seger's classic 1978 hit. When the time is right for musicians to hit the road again for concerts, we'll definitely be requesting a reprise.

In fact, maybe Shelton could even join Clarkson on the voice and perform a duet. No evening wear required for this performance, we promise.