“It wouldn’t be elevated to the success that it is without being a snapshot of Americans at their finest,” declares Carson Daly as we chat via webcam (watch above) about his blockbuster NBC reality-competition series “The Voice.” As he explains, “We find these people who are trying to make a living in music, but they run the gamut from 15 to a 56-year-old in season 11 that I interviewed yesterday and everything in between. All walks of life, they’re from everywhere, and they’re just such quality people.”
The program just completed its 10th season on the peacock network and is already shooting segments for the next one to debut in September. It is the reigning Emmy champ as Best Reality-Competition Program, the second time it prevailed after knocking off perennial winner “The Amazing Race” in 2013.
As for another win, Daly reflects, “We have been riding this wave of success on this show that is almost 90 hours of primetime television for NBC, straddling the calendar of fall and spring, so we’re always working. It keeps us grounded on the job and at the task at hand. It’s a night with your peers and you’re in that competition category and there’s such great shows now.”
Both the ninth (won by Jordan Smith) and 10th (won by Alisan Porter) seasons are eligible for the upcoming Emmy Awards, and Daly says they will most likely submit an episode from the earlier fall episodes if nominated. For the upcoming 11th cycle, coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will return, having never missed a season. But Pharrell Williams and recent coaching champ Christina Aguilera have departed and are being replaced by Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys.
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