Every year, People magazine name their Sexiest Man Alive - it’s a pretty big deal, and tends to get a lot of coverage, that coverage being largely people going, “Yes, that man is indeed very sexy”.
Last year, The Rock claimed the title. The year before that it was David Beckham. The likes of Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth, George Clooney and Bradley Cooper have also won in recent years, so whoever takes the title is always in very good company.
However, this year, People’s choice has proved somewhat controversial - they’ve gone for Blake Shelton.
If you’ve never heard of him, don’t worry, a lot of people this side of the pond aren’t that familiar with him. He’s a 41-year-old American singer-songwriter from Nashville, who has been a judge on the US version of The Voice for each of its 12 seasons, and is married to No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani.
Here’s his Sexiest Man Alive cover, due for release on 27 November:
Now, I feel like we need to get this out the way first, before we get to all the controversy - Blake Shelton is clearly a very good looking man. He’s much better looking than, say, me. He might be better looking than you, but I don’t want to make any assumptions - you may be a nailed-on 10/10 (please like and subscribe to ShortList.com for more ego-boosting compliments).
But is he the sexiest man alive? Is he the most handsome man on this whole planet? A lot of people don’t seem to think so, and have been kicking up a fuss online.
Blake Shelton is, at best, the sexiest divorced dad at this barbecue— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) November 15, 2017
Trump is President. Blake Shelton is the Sexiest Man Alive. Snooki better start planning her Nobel Prize speech.— Susie Meister (@susie_meister) November 15, 2017
even a straight man can see there's no way blake shelton is the sexiest man alive. i dont think he's even the sexiest man named blake shelton.— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 15, 2017
Blake Shelton is a man and he’s alive.— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) November 15, 2017
That’s all the credit he’s getting from me.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” There comes a time when one can no longer stand by quietly as our society chooses a dangerously unqualified man. So today, I break my silence to ask… Blake Shelton? Really?— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) November 16, 2017
Blake Shelton is sexy if you like a guy who's always about to lean in and tell you about hearty, healthy, American dog food.— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) November 15, 2017
People were also making other suggestions - although a lot of those suggestions were for one man. Who else?
Can’t believe Blake Shelton is People’s Sexiest Man Alive when Idris Elba got 3 million more votes.— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) November 15, 2017
I momentarily felt a bit bad for poor Blake, before remembering that he is a huge TV star, is married to Gwen Stefani and has literally just been named the sexiest man on the planet. I think he’ll probably be OK.
The one question I do have to ask though - why is it always celebrities who win these awards? When are us normies going to get a shot?
Where’s the ‘Sexiest Man in Liverpool Street Station Wetherspoon’s on a Monday’ award? I reckon I might have a slim chance at that one.
After winning the title, Shelton told People: “I can’t wait to shove this up [fellow The Voice judge Adam Levine’s] ass. As proud as I am and honored that you guys asked me, that’s really the only thing I care about.”
Levine was named People’s sexiest man in 2013, meaning the US version of The Voice is good for some eye candy, if nothing else.
Anyway, congratulations Blake, whatever people may say, you are officially the sexiest man on this planet for the next year, and also congratulations to Idris Elba, the people’s champ.