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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Blake Shelton

How well do you know Blake Shelton?

TODAY has put together a list of 22 facts about the singer that even some of his biggest fans may not be aware of.

Here are 10 (Click HERE for the full list):

1 – His career began in a Toddlers and Tiaras-like fashion. Shelton’s mom may have had a different future in mind for her son. When he was 8 years old, she entered him in beauty pageants to sing. He confessed on Entertainment Tonight that there were no pageants for boys–so he competed with girls. He said it was a good way to pick up chicks.

2 – Fancy shampoo is not responsible for his luscious locks. “I am raising chickens now, and I have started going out to the barn, or when I am out on the road, I will go buy some eggs, and I use an egg mixture with ketchup, believe it or not,” he told CMT when asked what shampoo he uses. The star said he soaks his hair in that concoction weekly, but other days he uses regular shampoo. Presumably, he was joking.

3 – He lost his brother at a young age. When Shelton was only 14, his older brother Richie Shelton died at age 24 in a car accident. Shelton co-wrote “Over You” with his ex-wife Miranda Lambert for Richie. While he doesn’t often speak of the death, in November 2015 he tweeted “Wow… 25 years ago today we lost my brother Richie Shelton. He’s still my hero going strong. Wish everyone could’ve known him.”

4 – The first song he wrote was about his high school crush. Largely inspired by Richie, who loved country music, Blake continued to sing, learned to play the guitar and wrote his first song at 15 called “That Girl Made a Fool Out of Me.” He toldCountry Weekly in 2001 that the girl didn’t care much for him, and the song is “in the Top 10 of worst songs ever written in the history of the earth.”

5 – He moved to Nashville only two weeks after graduation. When Shelton met Mae Boren Axton at a local Opry show, he needed no more encouragement to take the leap to Nashville than the famous artist telling him he’d have a shot if he moved to Nashville. Two weeks after his high school graduation, Shelton moved out. He told Country Weekly that his career didn’t jump-start the way he had expected. His first Nashville job was not performing onstage–but painting Axton’s house. The aspiring artist was fired from his other job in the city making tape copies for a publishing company. The reason? Trying to talk to songwriters instead of simply making the copies.

6 – He recorded a song with his mom. Years in the spotlight haven’t caused the star to forget his roots. Shelton wrote and performed “Time for Me to Come Home” with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford, who is a beauty shop owner. Featured on his 2012 album Cheers, It’s Christmas, the song tells of the longing of a son returning home for the holidays. Dorothy continued the story in her novel “Time for Me to Come Home,” inspired by true holiday memories.

7 – He owned a pet turkey… named Turkey. In 2003 he told CMT he hoped to bring Turkey to the next country awards show because he felt a responsibility to “expose him to some different things in the world.” Shelton once accidentally fed Turkey turkey scraps on Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the pet never attended an award show before he died of a heat stroke later in 2003.

8 – He thinks Lucky Charms should only be filled with marshmallows. Shelton expressed the grievances of those who are forced to pick through a box of Lucky Charms to find marshmallows when he took a stance on Twitter in 2013 to let the world know how he felt about the breakfast cereal. He told Lucky, whom he called “stubby,” that nobody wants the toasted oats and to “just give us the marshmallows.” The star’s wish finally came true when General Mills sent him a rare box of the colorful treats minus the oats.

9 – If his singing career fails, he has potential as a cop. Shelton once again proved his hero status when he detained a drunken intruder at his uncle’s house in 2007 and held him until police arrived. His mom told the Ada News that “Blake knocked on the door and the man sort of stumbled over and opened it, and Blake said, ‘Hey, you’re in my house man.'” The man was charged with first-degree burglary and public intoxication.

10 – He thinks Lucky Charms should only be filled with marshmallows. Shelton expressed the grievances of those who are forced to pick through a box of Lucky Charms to find marshmallows when he took a stance on Twitter in 2013 to let the world know how he felt about the breakfast cereal. He told Lucky, whom he called “stubby,” that nobody wants the toasted oats and to “just give us the marshmallows.” The star’s wish finally came true when General Mills sent him a rare box of the colorful treats minus the oats.

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