“Being nominated for us means everything,” says Carson Daly about producing and hosting “The Voice,” the reigning Emmy champ for Best Reality-Competition Program. He spoke with us earlier this summer via webcam (watch above) before his NBC hit series reaped its fifth consecutive Emmy bid. As he explained, “it’s a lot of hard-working people on the show, as I’ve said very publicly. There’s over 200 people that make the show possible. It’s a night with your peers and you’re in that reality-competition category. There’s such great shows now, content spread so thin through so many outlets and so many people making great television. We really do feel honored to be part of it, and to be lucky enough to win it is probably just dumb luck.”
In addition to winning in 2015, the show had knocked off perennial champ “The Amazing Race” in 2013. Discussing the show’s blockbuster ratings and awards run, Daly admits, “It wouldn’t be elevated to the success that it is without being a snapshot of Americans at their finest. 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.”
As for another possible Emmy victory, 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 were eligible for the upcoming Emmy Awards, and show producers selected the fall premiere featuring blind auditions to submit to the voters.
In 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.
The show competes against past champs “The Amazing Race” and “Top Chef” along with “American Ninja Warrior,” “Dancing with the Stars,” and “Project Runway.” Be sure to make your Emmy predictions right here. You’ll compete to win our contest prizes for best picks — $500 (first place), $300 (second place) and $200 (third place) in Amazon gift certificates — a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s Emmys). Be sure to read our contest rules.