Carson Daly on 'The Voice': 'There Is a Real Sense of Family'

PARADE Modified: May 3, 2012 at 10:01 am •  Published: May 1, 2012
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On The Voice, there are plenty of barbs and vocal jabs being thrown between the show's mentors Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and CeeLo Green, but that doesn't mean there is any love lost between the foursome.


"This year, I've noticed there is a sense of competitiveness in the air," admits Carson Daly, the show's host. "But it's still fun. All of our coaches really want to win but there is a real sense of family too."

'The Voice': Behind the Scenes with Carson Daly

That connection between the show's cast and crew began early on. "Season one we had a trailer village. All of our trailers were together,' says Daly. "It was like camping. Camping With the Stars. Don't steal that! It's my next reality show idea. It was fancy camping and we all bonded."

Read on as Daly talks about fatherhood, his chances as a Voice contestant, and which judge's team he would join and don't miss tonight's live show at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.

On his family background.
"My mom came out here from North Carolina like you see depicted in an Aerosmith video where the young, hot, southern belle gets off the bus. The beauty queen who strives for Hollywood. My father passed away when I was 5 and he was a car dealer and my step-dad was in the golf and men's apparel business so I actually had followed in his footsteps and focused on business. I always say God blessed me with two incredible dads. It was my sister who was into arts into drama but now she's the powerful businesswoman and I'm in the arts. We flip-flopped at some point."

On changing his focus.
"My first year in college I realized that I wasn't going to make it as a golfer and that was right when I got into radio and met Jimmy Kimmel. We did that radio show together and I had a real love of music so I figured I would do that as long as I can until I got a real job. I've been rolling the dice ever since."

On his golfing passion.
"[Golfing] is my favorite thing to do. Golf is the connective backdrop for my relationship with my stepfather, who I refer to as my dad. He brought me into the game and would watch the Masters together. We try to play together whenever we can."

On reality competitions.
"I had never really watched any of those competition shows but I noticed in the past ten years they've gotten better. Amazing Race is pretty well done and I like the way they do So You Think You Can Dance. So when they came to me [about The Voice], they said we're not trying to make fun of people's singing and we're getting four people who are Grammy winners as coaches.

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