'The Voice' has invaded Carson Daly's dreams
June 24th, 2011
06:20 PM ET

'The Voice' has invaded Carson Daly's dreams

No doubt “The Voice” has become a dream come true for NBC execs, but host Carson Daly says he had doubts it’d become such a bonafide hit.

“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.

There was one recent night, Daly admitted, where he'd fallen asleep while watching the finale of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Masters."

“[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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  1. Jerry

    I definetly agree with you rock...carson upper lip is always moving and pontin up when he talks and hes always rushin cee lo and the four others to comment...hes stays stiff in the same spot thru the whole show...and last nite when it was javiers time to talk...carson blurtted out"youve only got less than a minute!"

    June 30, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pedro

    More Ovaltine please!

    June 27, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. JC_VA

    I don't like this show, so I hope it fades away... I do not like any of those host or whatever they are called... Xtina looks terrible, she is fat and insist on wearing those clothes that don't look in a FAT woman.. and Cee-Lo, for crying out loud, he sounds good on CD but in person he sounds like someone is pulling his b@lls hard, he looks weird, he has this huge body and this tinny arms/hands... i always asked why he used sun glasses in the middle of the niht.. or in the dark and after i saw him once w/out them, i was screaming, please put them back, please put them back.... this show sucks....

    June 27, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. remy

    altho Carson is 10x better than Ryan – please teach him how to pronounce Christina's last name............that is what gives me nightmares

    June 27, 2011 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. pat

    How come no one has said anything about the plus sized Christina? Brittany gains 5 pounds and she is crucified, Xtina added 25 and not a word??

    June 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dave nelson

    To his chagrin, the voice came to him again, laughing darkly, only this time, carson was folly awake and realized that the voice was coming from outside his bedroom window. He looked, and there stood ryan, taunting him cruelly. Ryans body has never been found.

    June 26, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. dave nelson

    And the voice said "no matter how far you think you have come, you are still merely a paycheck away from hosting trl for the rest of your pitiful existence!" and carson woke, stifling the scream that threatened to burst from his lips, sweat pouring from his pale face as he resisted the urge to break free from his twisted sheets and run to the bathroom and vomit. Instead, he silently dropped to his knees beside the bed and prayed for his continued good fortune to be away from that show and network forever.

    June 26, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rick

    I gotta agree with those of you above on Carson Daly's hosting abilities on THE VOICE. I've said it elsewhere and I'm saying it here: he just ain't happening. He looks unsure of himself and it's just like he's reading the Teleprompter with no personality. I know that we're all a little bit overkill on TV with Ryan Seacrest, but when you watch Carson, you can't help but appreciate how wonderful Ryan is in comparison. Someone said that Carson drains all the charisma out of any contestant that he's introducing. lol Not to pick on someone's physical problem, but it is simply annoying to watch Carson speak where the upper right corner of his lip keeps moving to the side. Carson is MUCH better sticking to his interview show and Mark Burnett, producer of THE VOICE, I realize this is now the end of the season, but you had better cut your losses for next season and start looking for someone else. Somebody along the lines of Mark McGrath would be great (although Mark has "game-showed" himself a bit too much) - but that's the personality we need.

    June 26, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Andrew

    Yeah guys. Carson himself while I am sure is a very nice person...just isnt cut out for this stuff. I really dont understand why hes on tv.....he doesn't have the personality for it. He looks weird on stage, is not funny whatsoever.....so I can understand why you guys wouldn't like the show....however, the show itself surprisingly is good, and Carson is only on for a minute or two =)

    June 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dawn01

    better try that http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    June 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. monikaz

    awesome movie to watch .

    June 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fart@fart.com

    Awful. Awful. Awful. Never watched it. Don't want to. Awful. Awful. Awful. Please go away and die quickly.

    June 25, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. charlie crack

    He always looks like a corncobb is stuck up his a$$

    June 25, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. charlie crack

    Carson don't be a sissy.....

    June 25, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. ajd041

    Ughh I don't like that show those people get paid way too much to do nothing but talk and depress people

    June 25, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  16. dave nelson

    Forgive me, but i find carson to be the has been that never was. carson is to talent what seven up is to caffeine. never had it, never will.

    June 25, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  17. SKUNK

    LILO is skunky. nobody likes her anymore. she seems to think she is ann margaret or bo derek or a seeeecks symbol. she isnt. poor thing is just a stoopod koow.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 24, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. elmo j weezenstien

    No Way Jose. The Carson Gayly show is cruddy. I shouldnt say that but it is boring and cruddy and few if anyone likes it. Poor guy. He is probably ok but his show is a big zero.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Kevin T. Baldwin

    I don't know, Carson. You're a likable guy, but you also look so unbelievably uncomfortable in your role as host for the "Voice". I think if you chose not to come back next year nobody would be surprised.

    June 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. fortune cookie

    I would watch that! It would be fun to see all these high profile artists singing and no one turning their chair for them....

    June 24, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |

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