Watch Ariana Grande’s Hilarious Audition for Blake Shelton’s ‘Come Back As A Country Boy’ Music Video

Is Ariana Grande country enough to be cast in a Blake Shelton‘s “Come Back As A Country Boy” music video?…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 15, 2021


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Is Ariana Grande country enough to be cast in a Blake Shelton‘s “Come Back As A Country Boy” music video? She sure thinks so! 

The Voice coach and Pop/ R&B superstar attempted to showcase her country cred in a hilarious skit that aired during Tuesday’s The Voice finale. 

In the clip, Grande can be seen “auditioning” for a role in Shelton’s “Come Back As A Country Boy” music video as she tries to catch beer cans and shotgun them, uses a chainsaw and more.

She also sports various cowboy hats and hangs out with a hunting dog. 

“What most people don’t know is that Ariana Grande initially auditioned to be in that video,” a voiceover explains. 

“Howdy, Howdy,” she says in the clip. 

She goes on to introduce herself as she admits, “Blake doesn’t think I’m country enough but I told him he’s so wrong, so hopefully this will really show him what he needs to see.” 

Blake Shelton, Ariana Grande; Photos via Twitter, The Voice
Blake Shelton, Ariana Grande; Photos via Twitter, The Voice

She even tries to sing “Come Back As A Country Boy,” but the song doesn’t exactly fit her style. 

“Did I get it?” Grande asks at the end of the clip.

A voice responds, “We’ll let you know.”

Watch the “audition” below. 

“Come Back As A Country Boy” is Shelton’s latest single and appears on the deluxe version of his Body Language album.

The song was written by Michael Hardy, Josh Thompson and Jordan Schmidt. 

“I think this song is an anthem for everyday hardworking country people out there,” Shelton previously shared in a statement. “We have so much pride in who we are and what we do that, if we ever died and got the chance to live life over again, we probably wouldn’t do it if we couldn’t be country.”

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The music video, released in November, features computer-generated imagery and shows Shelton rising out of fire ignited by an asteroid that lands on Earth from outer space. 

Rising from the fiery ashes, Shelton is reincarnated with a beer in his hand as he declares, “When I die, I wanna come back as a country boy.” 

Watch the original music video by clicking above. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.