"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. I just liked the idea and it finally felt that it could be a reality competition that could be good, clean family TV."
On The Voice's success.
"Three things point to the show's success, from my perspective. One is the blind auditions. When people saw big, red chairs with their backs to these people singing, it made people realize it was something different and separated it from the other shows. The second thing is having these judges be the four biggest names in music. They are the right people to be making comments and remarks. The third thing is the level of talent we came out of the box with. We start with really good singers and our journey is finding someone who is great."
On the judges.
"There is a healthy amount of trash talking. It usually ends with a hug or a high-five. They're always questioning each other's moves or song selections. Or how jealous they are of each other's team members."
His chances on The Voice.
"I'm not a great singer; I'm barely a good singer. If I had a big voice, I would go with Christina. If I was theatrical and it was about my showmanship, if I saw myself as the next Lady Gaga, I would go with CeeLo. If I wanted to be a rock star or a solo pop star singer, I would go with Adam. But for me personally, since all I do is play mediocre guitar and barely hold a note, I might fall in the singer-songwriter category and pick Blake. But I'm not good."
"Any parent can probably understand it when I say, ‘I get it now.’ I sort of get life’s purpose now. It’s something you don’t really understand until you’ve created something with your life partner or someone that you love. So I look at my time with my son and it really put things in perspective. I thought I had things in perspective. With me, it’s my faith and my family and everything else falls somewhere in categories underneath all that. But when you have your child, it’s a game changer. It makes me hyper aware of how blessed I am. He reminds me to be thankful and appreciative of the things we have everyday. Before I had my son, I was like, ‘What’s the next marker in my career?’ You look forward to life moving quickly but the minute you have a kid, I just want to slow down and enjoy every second. I lost my father at a young age so fatherhood holds a special place to me."