June 24th, 2011
06:20 PM ET
“When NBC pitched the idea to me… It just didn’t sound like my sort of thing,” he tells Vanity Fair. “I know that reality TV has definitely evolved and become more interesting over the last few years, but I was still reluctant. And then I watched the original Dutch version, and yadda yadda yadda, I just fell in love with the format.”
And these days, as “The Voice” winds down to its finale next week, Daly is even dreaming up ways to turn it into another franchise.
“[W]hen I fell asleep, I dreamed that 'The Voice' had done so well that we were shooting a spin-off for NBC called 'The Voice Masters.' And it was our coaches with 25 famous singers from the last three decades. They kept coming out for blind auditions but nobody was turning their chair around for them. Glenn Danzig was there, and Lionel Richie, and Natalie Merchant. All of these famous, amazing singers, and none of them were being picked."
By the time he woke up, Daly says he thought that was either "the most f-–ed up dream I've ever had or something I should be pitching to Mark Burnett immediately."
But for the time being, Daly's got his "Voice" hosting gig, his late night show "Last Call with Carson Daly," a radio show and New Year's Eve specials - a resume that often draws comparisons to "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest.
Despite the obvious opportunity for a little rivalry, Daly says he has no beef with Seacrest. "Everybody wants to start a feud between us. If there were even a spark of a fire there, I would play into it, but it's sort of a dead end," he said. "I actually like Ryan. I think he's an excellent TV host. We're friendly with each other." So friendly, in fact, that they've apparently caught a meal or two together, and Daly says he's cool with Seacrest's family. "I like my show more than his, but that's about as aggressive as I'll get."
Besides, there's always DVR space for more than one reality series about the music business - right?
"I know it's a competition, but there's plenty of room for everybody," he says. "['The Voice'] is similar to 'Idol,' but it's like baseball and football. You can enjoy them both."
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